Enzymes are unrivalled catalysts. Are they following special design principles? Can we make comparable artificial catalysts with programmable matter?
Evolution is a matter of information processing. How to formalize this intuition and rationalize the diversity of transmission mechanisms, from Lamarckism to sex?
In bacteria, genetic context is more evolutionarily conserved than transcription factors. How does it regulate gene expression? How to predict its impact?
Allostery is the regulation of protein activities by perturbations away from their active site. How does it work? Why is it so widespread?
The basic elements of evolution – selection/amplification/mutations – can be reproduced in the lab. But how to navigate the gigantic sequence space?
The function of proteins arises from the interaction between their amino acids. What form do these interactions take? How to infer them?