An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits

Uri Alon

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published July 7, 2006
Textbook - 320 Pages - 110 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781584886426 - CAT# C6420
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Mathematical and Computational Biology

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  • Explains the basic circuitry in transcription regulation, signal transduction, and developmental networks
  • Includes examples ranging from bacterial chemotaxis through developmental patterning and neuronal circuits to immune recognition
  • Examines the principle of robustness
  • Details how constrained evolutionary optimization can be used to understand optimal circuit design
  • Considers how kinetic proofreading and other mechanisms can minimize errors made in biological information-processing
  • Includes solved problems after each chapter that detail topics not discussed in the main text

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Thorough and accessible, this book presents the design principles of biological systems, and highlights the recurring circuit elements that make up biological networks. It provides a simple mathematical framework which can be used to understand and even design biological circuits. The textavoids specialist terms, focusing instead on several well-studied biological systems that concisely demonstrate key principles.

An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits builds a solid foundation for the intuitive understanding of general principles. It encourages the reader to ask why a system is designed in a particular way and then proceeds to answer with simplified models.


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