Systems Biology: Genomics Aspects
Published Online: 27 JAN 2006
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How to Cite
Konopka, A. K. 2006. Systems Biology: Genomics Aspects. eLS. .
- Published Online: 27 JAN 2006
Systems biology is concerned with functionally complex systems (such as an organism, immune system or ecosystem) that can be approximately described by several complementary models but cannot be adequately represented by a single model. It addresses foundational issues of ‘entire’ biology (such as system modeling, fractionation, integration and emergence) but it is also devoted to specific techniques for data integration and interpretation. This brings systems biology right in the middle of the old controversy between reductionism and holism.