...Only living systems are never in equilibrium and permanently performing work at the expense of its free energy against the equilibrium required by laws of physics and chemistry under current external conditions. .A source of the work done by living systems is at the final account free energy peculiar to this molecular structure, to this state of molecules. .This non-equilibrium state, this deformed molecular structure. is maintained or permanently restored at the expense of the energy of continuous processes of equalisation which is flowing past within a living matter.
E. Bauer, "Theoretical biology", 1935.
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