Systems Biology: How Dynamical Systems Theory Can Help to Understand the Basis of Life

The 21st century has been noted to be the century of biology and new technologies and methods are vastly accelerating the pace of discovery in biology and medicine. Systems biology, the systems level understanding and investigation of biological phenomena, is one of those key methods that act as a driving force for progress in biological research. In this talk the role of dynamical systems theory for the development of this new research field will be discussed. By means of several examples, among others from oncology (cancer research) and osteology (bone research), it will be shown how methods from dynamical systems theory can help to better understand the basis of life.

Frank Allgöwer, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

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