So what do we really mean when we say that systems biology is holistic?

  title={So what do we really mean when we say that systems biology is holistic?},
  author={Derek Gatherer},
  journal={BMC Systems Biology},
  pages={22 - 22}
  • D. Gatherer
  • Published 12 March 2010
  • Biology
  • BMC Systems Biology
BackgroundAn old debate has undergone a resurgence in systems biology: that of reductionism versus holism. At least 35 articles in the systems biology literature since 2003 have touched on this issue. The histories of holism and reductionism in the philosophy of biology are reviewed, and the current debate in systems biology is placed in context.ResultsInter-theoretic reductionism in the strict sense envisaged by its creators from the 1930s to the 1960s is largely impractical in biology, and… 
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