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Introduction to Systems Biology for Mathematical Programmers

Abstract Many recent advances in biology, medicine, and health care are due to computational efforts that rely on new mathematical results. These mathematical tools lie in discrete mathematics, statistics and probability, and optimization, and when combined with savvy computational tools and an understanding of cellular biology, they are capable of remarkable results. One of the most significant areas of growth is in the field of systems biology, where we are using detailed biological information to construct models that describe larger entities. This chapter is designed to be an introduction to systems biology for individuals in operations research (OR) and mathematical programming who already know the supporting mathematics but are unaware of current research in this field.