An evolutionary approach to Function

  title={An evolutionary approach to Function},
  author={P. Lord},
  journal={Journal of Biomedical Semantics},
  pages={S4 - S4}
  • P. Lord
  • Published 2010
  • Medicine, Computer Science
  • Journal of Biomedical Semantics
  • BackgroundUnderstanding the distinction between function and role is vexing and difficult. While it appears to be useful, in practice this distinction is hard to apply, particularly within biology.ResultsI take an evolutionary approach, considering a series of examples, to develop and generate definitions for these concepts. I test them in practice against the Ontology for Biomedical Investigations (OBI). Finally, I give an axiomatisation and discuss methods for applying these definitions in… CONTINUE READING


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