Why Systems Biology?
All biological systems are deeply interconnected. Cell-to-cell interactions form tissues and organs, links between organs (digestive, neural, endocrine, immune, etc.) help create individuals, and groups of individuals shape and are reshaped in turn by human cultures and other organisms.
Systems biology can be considered an offspring of systems science, a multidisciplinary field that studies the interactions of complex systems in nature, human societies, and science itself. The field aims at studying complexity in all its forms and in developing translational models applicable to countless subfields in biology, engineering, medicine, and the social and cultural sciences.
The Systems Biology Group, Inc., is currently integrating work in cultural neurobiology, immunology, endocrinology, and many related fields. It is looking especially at present at fields that provide novel insights into the behavioral control of biological aging processes.