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Towards a cartography of complex biological systems

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  • UserProfessor Luis Amaral (Northwestern University, USA)
  • ClockThursday 23 October 2008, 16:30-17:30
  • HouseKaetsu Centre, New Hall.

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Torrents of new biological data are being generated daily, but our understanding of biological systems has not grown proportionally. This disparity arises from the fact that the behaviour of a biological system is not a linear combination of the behaviours of its components. Indeed, higher-level structures within biological systems, such as an organ, can be maintained precisely because of the complex network of nonlinear interactions among the lower-level components, e.g., the cells comprising the organ.

The good news is that the interconnectedness of these networks is responsible for their remarkable efficiency and adaptability. The bad news is that this interconnectedness poses extraordinary challenges to researchers. My groups is working toward the development cartographic methods that will enable researchers to glean the important information on a given biological system the scale of interest to the researcher. I will report on the progress we have made toward this goal.

For information about Professor Amaral’s research please visit his group’s website:

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