Physiology and Genetics
The body is a machine that winds its own springs.
—J. O. DE LAMETTRIE
We come now to the crux of the book—the application of the physiogenetic model to organic phenomena. The focus here is on zoological organisms on the grounds that if the model explains the physiology and genetics of animals, it can handle the comparatively simpler world of botanical life. But before going down that path, it seems appropriate to insert a personal note to describe how this concept came about. It happened on Christmas night of 1973. I had come down with a miserable, influenza-like cold, but was just curious enough to find out something more about its cause, a virus. Looking that term up in the Britannica, I saw a micrograph of a T-4 bacteriophage, and all hell broke loose in my mind.