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.