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PLoS Biol. 2017 Mar 9;15(3):e2002050. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2002050. eCollection 2017 Mar.

All biology is computational biology.

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University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Here, I argue that computational thinking and techniques are so central to the quest of understanding life that today all biology is computational biology. Computational biology brings order into our understanding of life, it makes biological concepts rigorous and testable, and it provides a reference map that holds together individual insights. The next modern synthesis in biology will be driven by mathematical, statistical, and computational methods being absorbed into mainstream biological training, turning biology into a quantitative science.

PMID:
28278152
PMCID:
PMC5344307
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pbio.2002050
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