The basic idea was pioneered by G. C. Williams (1966,1982), Richard Lewontin (1970), Richard Dawkins (1976, 1982) and others. To recap, information theory provides a theoretical foundation for a science of heredity - a generalised genetics that unites the organic and cultural realms and acts as a foundation for universal Darwinism.
I'm pleased to see that the topic has seen recent activity. Gérard Battail wrote two recent books on the topic:
- Battail, Gérard (2008) An Outline of Informational Genetics;
- Battail, Gérard (2013) Information and Life;
- Frank, S. A. (2012) Natural selection. V. How to read the fundamental equations of evolutionary change in terms of information theory. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.