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Sci. STKE, 6 March 2007
Vol. 2007, Issue 376, p. pe9
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.3762007pe9]


Understandable Complexity

Jörg Stelling*

Institute of Computational Science, ETH Zurich, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland.

Review and commentary on An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits, by Uri Alon (Chapman & Hall/CRC, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL, 2006), 301 pp., ISBN: 1-58488-642-0.

Abstract: The field of systems biology has received considerable attention lately, but it is not easy to define or to enter. The book An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits by Uri Alon greatly facilitates both. In particular, it combines fundamental concepts on biological networks with an introduction to their formal analysis, using a wide array of biological examples. The book’s intention is not to cover everything about systems biology—rather, it provides an original, pointed, and very intelligible essence of the field.

*Corresponding author. E-mail: joerg.stelling{at}

Citation: J. Stelling, Understandable Complexity. Sci. STKE 2007, pe9 (2007).

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