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Heuristic Strategies in Systems Biology



Details zur Publikation
Autor(inn)en:
Groß, F.
Publikationsjahr:
2016
Zeitschrift:
Humana.Mente: Journal of Philosophical Studies
Seitenbereich:
1-18
Jahrgang/Band:
2016
Heftnummer:
30
ISSN:
1972-1293
Sprachen:
Englisch

Zusammenfassung, Abstract

Systems  biology  is  sometimes  presented  as  providing  a  superior  approach  to the problem of biological complexity. Its use of ‘unbiased’ methods and formal quantitative   tools   might   lead   to   the   impression that   the human factor is effectively  eliminated. However, a closer look reveals that this impression is misguided.  Systems biologists cannot simply assemble molecular information and compute biological behavior. Instead, systems biology’s main contribution is to accelerate the discovery of mechanisms by applying models as heuristic tools. These models rely on a variety of idealizing and simplifying assumptions in order to be efficient for this purpose. The strategies of systems biologists are similar to those of experimentalists in that they attempt to reduce the complexity of the discovery process. Analyzing and comparing these strategies, or ‘heuristics’, reveals the importance of the human factor in computational approaches and helps to situate systems biology within the epistemic landscape of the life sciences.



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