chapter  7
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From High-Throughput to Systems Biology

What defines a system? Is it a union of its parts, its function(s), or some combination of both? A simplistic view of systems biology would define it as the study of individual cells, multicellular organs, or whole organisms as sums of their component parts. Such a definition includes aspects of system structure and function, design, dynamics, and regulatory control. It emphasizes an understanding of “wholeness” that supersedes understanding of the individual component parts comprising the system itself.