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System Modeling in Cellular BiologyFrom Concepts to Nuts and Bolts$
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Zoltan Szallasi, Jorg Stelling, and Vipul Periwal

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262195485

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262195485.001.0001

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On Modules and Modularity

On Modules and Modularity

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System Modeling in Cellular Biology

Zoltan Szallasi

Vipul Periwal

Jörg Stelling

The MIT Press

The complexity of biological systems requires unifying, simplifying concepts that might allow a predictive understanding of their functioning. Suggestions for such concepts include “modularity” along with robustness, discussed in Chapter 2. This chapter considers the existence of modules in biology, and the utility of this concept. Specifically, it discusses the concept of modules in other biological disciplines; the concept of modularity in systems biology; and definition of modules for dynamic networks.

Keywords:   biological systems, modularity, modules, systems biology

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