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Biosemiotics is dedicated to building a bridge between biology, philosophy,
linguistics and the communication sciences. If it is true that biosemiotics
is "the study of signs, of communication and of information in living
organisms" (Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1997,
p.72), it is also true that, in time, it has acquired a more general scope.

Today, its main challenge is the attempt to naturalize not only biological
information but also biological meaning, in the belief that signs and codes
are fundamental components of the living world. This implies that the
history of life has largely been shaped by the appearance of new codes, from
the genetic code that marked its origin to the codes of language that made
us human. Biosemiotics has become in this way the leading edge of the
research on the fundamentals of life, and is a young exciting field on the

By providing both a place for ­ and access to ­ exceptional peer-reviewed
papers on the emerging discipline of biosemiotics, the journal will offer an
instrument of its development by publishing papers in all relevant areas of
the sciences and the humanities.

ISSN: 1875-1342 (print version)
ISSN: 1875-1350 (electronic version)


Marcello Barbieri
Department of Morphology & Embryology
University of Ferrara
Via Fossato di Mortara 64
44100 Ferrara, Italy

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Current Issue: Volume 1, Number 1 / April 2008

Date: 15 May 2008

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