What Systems Biology Is (Not, Yet)

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Science  23 May 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5879, pp. 1013-1014
DOI: 10.1126/science.1157405

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Systems Biology. Philosophical Foundations. Fred C. Boogerd, Frank J. Bruggeman, Jan-Hendrik S. Hofmeyr, and Hans V. Westerhoff, Eds.. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2007. 360 pp. $120, £68.99, €99.95. ISBN 9780444520852.

An Introduction to Systems Biology. Design Principles of Biological Circuits. By Uri Alon. Chapman and Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2006. 317 pp. $54.95, £30.99. ISBN 9781584886426. Mathematical and Computational Biology, vol. 10.

Students and faculty from an interdisciplinary graduate class on systems biology review two books that offer a variety of perspectives on the field. Alon provides an analytical approach, whereas Boogerd et al. focus on philosophical aspects.