At the ninth annual HUGO conference in Berlin last April, Hans Westerhoff’s talk showed just how far the field has traveled since the flurry of publicity surrounding the sequencing of the human genome. The Dutch professor of molecular cell physiology and mathematical biochemistry, with a dual appointment at the Free University of Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam, hopes to use the genome to help identify the causes and mechanisms of biological processes. His approach to systems biology, he thinks, can accomplish this.

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