Defining a Systematic Approach

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Your editorial “A Systematic Approach, and a Fond Farewell” (Genome Technology, Jan/Feb 2004) aptly brings out the problems created by the multitude of definitions for systems biology. As eloquently pointed out, the definition embraced is related to the potential to create new drugs. Some associate the term with the integration and assimilation of genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic data; and to others, it means utilization of concepts from systems science and engineering to understand biology.

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