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The Holy Grail of Systems Biology

LiSyM director Professor Dr. med. Peter Jansen believes that mathematical models are indispensable for the research of biological systems.

Human bodies are complex biological systems, with countless reactions taking place in every cell. These reactions are sometimes interconnected or have an impact on further processes. Furthermore, cells, tissue, and organs are closely connected. Professor Dr. med. Peter Jansen, director of the LiSyM research network, believes that the research of systems like these, which consist of multilayered processes, interactions, and dependencies, needs mathematical models. Only models that simulate biological systems on computers make it possible to assemble the existing mass of heterogeneous data into dynamic reproductions in a meaningful way. Mathematical models enable systems researchers to deliver results more quickly and successfully. The idea that digital computers can play an essential role in this research is older than the machines themselves.
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