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Metabola: A wet art work or ALife work that compresses quantitative and syntactic, qualitative and semantic artifacts data, in order to produce a 'meta-model' by chimerization or new 'artificial metabolic potential' by modeling. See Wet Art, Artificial Life, Chimera Art.
Metabolism: The sum total of the chemical processes that occur in living organisms, resulting in growth, production of energy, elimination of waste material, etc.
Modification: A nonhereditary change in an organism; e.g., one that is acquired from its own activity or environment. See also Genotype, Phenotype.
Molecular Technology: See Nanotechnology.
Molecule: The smallest particle of a chemical substance; typically a group of atoms held together in a particular pattern, by chemical bonds. See Atom.
Mutagen: An agent that can cause an increase in the rate of mutation. There are natural and artificial (caused by man) mutagens. See Mutation.
Mutagenesis: The development of mutations. See Mutation.
Mutation: An inheritable modification in a genetic molecule, such as DNA. Mutations may be good, bad, or neutral in their effects on an organism; competition weeds out the bad, leaving the good and the neutral. Morphological m. - mutations causing hereditary changes to an organism or separate characteristics.
Myoblast: A cell that by fusion with other myoblasts gives rise to myotubes that eventually develop into skeletal muscle fibers. The term is sometimes used for all the cells which are recognizable as immediate precursors of skeletal muscle fibers.