Innovation: An emerging focus from cells to societies

Michael E. Hochberg, Pablo A. Marquet, Robert Boyd, Andreas Wagner

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    Abstract

    Innovations are generally unexpected, often spectacular changes in phenotypes and ecological functions. The contributions to this theme issue are the latest conceptual, theoretical and experimental developments, addressing how ecology, environment, ontogeny and evolution are central to understanding the complexity of the processes underlying innovations. Here, we set the stage by introducing and defining key terms relating to innovation and discuss their relevance to biological, cultural and technological change. Discovering how the generation and transmission of novel biological information, environmental interactions and selective evolutionary processes contribute to innovation as an ecosystem will shed light on how the dominant features across life come to be, generalize to social, cultural and technological evolution, and have applications in the health sciences and sustainability. This article is part of the theme issue ‘Process and pattern in innovations from cells to societies’.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number20160414
    JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
    Volume372
    Issue number1735
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 5 2017

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    Cultural Evolution
    Ecology
    Ecosystem
    innovation
    Innovation
    Phenotype
    technological change
    ecological function
    Health
    ontogeny
    cells
    ecology
    phenotype
    ecosystems
    cultural change
    Ecosystems
    Sustainable development
    society
    sustainability
    ecosystem

    Keywords

    • Culture
    • Information
    • Innovation ecosystem
    • Network
    • Niche
    • Novelty

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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    Innovation : An emerging focus from cells to societies. / Hochberg, Michael E.; Marquet, Pablo A.; Boyd, Robert; Wagner, Andreas.

    In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol. 372, No. 1735, 20160414, 05.12.2017.

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    Hochberg, Michael E. ; Marquet, Pablo A. ; Boyd, Robert ; Wagner, Andreas. / Innovation : An emerging focus from cells to societies. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2017 ; Vol. 372, No. 1735.
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