Algebraic systems biology: Theses and hypotheses

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What is systems biology? What can biologists gain from an attempt to algebraize the questions in systems biology? Starting with plausible biological theses, can one algebraically model them and then manipulate them to suggest meaningful hypotheses? Using these hypotheses, can one measure and mine suitable experimental data to validate or refute these hypotheses? Through these intertwined processes of measuring, mining, modeling and manipulating biological systems, can one generate the set of theses and hypotheses upon which systems biology will be founded? This review provides one algorithmic-algebraist's somewhat idiosyncratic response to these and other related questions, but also aims to persuade young algebraists to examine the possible role they and algebra can play to enrich this subject.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlgebraic Biology - Second International Conference, AB 2007, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783540734321
StatePublished - 2007
Event2nd International Conference on Algebraic Biology, AB 2007 - Castle of Hagenberg, Austria
Duration: Jul 2 2007Jul 4 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4545 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other2nd International Conference on Algebraic Biology, AB 2007
CityCastle of Hagenberg

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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