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Mar 27, 2009

What Lies Ahead for Systems Biology

Systems biology is tasked with creating a model of disease based on associated biological networks. Experimental data from reductionist methods like molecular biology and the omics disciplines are parsed through computational techniques to create models of the pathways that constitute a particular system. If successful, systems biology has the potential to shape our understanding of how biological pathways work and to streamline the R&D process. So we ask you to predict what role this method will have.

What is your opinion about the future of systems biology?

It will always be just a basic research tool in the life sciences
 
  12.2%
It is going to revolutionize drug R&D and disease prediction
 
  31.4%
It will never become a viable and dependable technique
 
  25.8%
No opinion
 
  30.6%

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