Insights into biological complexity from simple foundations

L. Albergante, D. Liu, S. Palmer, T. J. Newman (Lead / Corresponding author)

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We discuss an overtly "simple approach" to complex biological systems borrowing selectively from theoretical physics. The approach is framed by three maxims, and we show examples of its success in two different applications: investigating cellular robustness at the level of gene regulatory networks and quantifying rare events of DNA replication errors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiophysics of infection
EditorsMark C. Leake
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319321899
ISBN (Print)9783319321875
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in experimental medicine and biology
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)0065-2598


  • Simplicity
  • Theoretical physics
  • Probability theory
  • Gene regulatory networks
  • DNA replication
  • Big data


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