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Our Love/Hate Relationship with Systems Biology

Derek Lowe has a post at In the Pipeline on systems biology, which he defines in broad strokes as "trying to model the interactions of whole biological systems, in an attempt to come up with come explanatory power." Lowe says the sheer complexity of biological systems means that scientists are likely to be constrained by available technology, compute power, and other hindrances. "My first test for listening to systems biology people is whether they approach things with the proper humility," he writes. But he adds that the potential payoff of this approach is significant, and that it needs to be pursued. "So press on, systems people, and good luck," he concludes.