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An introduction to systems biology. Design principles of biological circuits. (English) Zbl 1141.92002
Chapman & Hall/CRC Mathematical and Computational Biology Series. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall/CRC (ISBN 1-58488-642-0). xvi, 301 p. (2006).
Publisher’s description: This volume explains the basic circuitry in transcription regulation, signal transduction, and developmental networks. It ncludes examples ranging from bacterial chemotaxis through developmental patterning and neuronal circuits to immune recognition. It examines the principle of robustness and details how constrained evolutionary optimization can be used to understand optimal circuit design. It considers how kinetic proofreading and other mechanisms can minimize errors made in biological information-processing. Further it includes solved problems after each chapter that detail topics not discussed in the main text and provides a solutions manual for qualifying instructors.
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 text avoids specialist terms, focusing instead on several well-studied biological systems that concisely demonstrate the key principles. So it 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 answers with simplified models.

MSC:
92B05 General biology and biomathematics
92-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to biology
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