NEW YORK, April 1 (GenomeWeb News) - Seeking to expand systems biology beyond what it calls "the rigid confines of its traditional disciplines," Yale University will create a new systems-biology institute funded by a bequest from Jacques Derrida, the noted French intellectual who died last October.
The institute, to be called the
"Who says no one but scientists and engineers can contribute to the progress of systems biology?" said Carlos Jacobin, professor of comparative literature and the new director of the
"Researchers everywhere are being forced to acknowledge that cellular systems operate within larger rhetorical systems," said Marsha Gersten, a Yale bioinformaticist who will be joining the new Center. "Proteins do not interact; they engage in a discourse. We must deconstruct the framework."
Said Yale president C. Richard Levine: "I had no idea Derrida had this kind of money, but we're happy to take it." He declined further comment.