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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Nov;5(11):933-7.

Tackling the challenges of interdisciplinary bioscience.

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  • 1Department of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, PO Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, UK.


The ultimate goal for biology is to become a science that formulates our understanding of subcellular, cellular and multicellular systems in terms of quantitative, holistic models that are underpinned by the rigorous principles of the physical sciences and mathematics. This can only be achieved through interdisciplinary research that draws heavily on the expertise and technologies of the physical sciences, engineering, computation and mathematics. Here, I discuss the benefits and challenges (both intellectual and practical) of interdisciplinary bioscience.

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