New findings in medical research and biotechnology: Systems biology provides innovative ways to examine complex processes in living cells. The Federal Ministry of Research initiated and financed numerous projects.
How genes are regulated? Why does cancer develop? Which organism produces the fuel of the future? Behind these questions complex issues hide, which are hardly accessible by classical biological methods .
Those looking for solutions to such issues, must understand the dynamics of a biological system as a whole.
The matching approach is this recipe for Systems Biology, a young research discipline in the life sciences. It combines modern experimental methods with knowledge and technologies from mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering. In the interplay between laboratory testing and computer modeling mathematical concepts on biological systems are applied. This makes it possible to make predictions about complex biological processes between cells, organs or whole organisms and thus to fathom about the origin of diseases.