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Methods Mol Biol. 2013;1021:201-25. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-450-0_11.

Supporting SBML as a model exchange format in software applications.

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EMBL Outstation-European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK.


This chapter describes the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) from its origins. It describes the rationale behind and importance of having a common language when it comes to representing models. This chapter mentions the development of SBML and outlines the structure of an SBML model. It provides a section on libSBML, a useful application programming interface (API) library for reading, writing, manipulating and validating content expressed in the SBML format. Finally the chapter also provides a description of the SBML Toolbox which provides a means of facilitating the import and export of SBML from both MATLAB and Octave ( environments.

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