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Philosophy of Biology: The analysis of living systems can generate both knowledge and illusions

  1. Antony M Jose  Is a corresponding author
  1. Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e56354 doi: 10.7554/eLife.56354
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Six approaches for the analysis of living systems.

In this schematic diagram, a living system is represented as an abstract network (center), with the colored nodes (circles) representing the different parts of the system, and the grey edges representing the interactions between the parts. Four of the six approaches described in this article involve doing something to one part of the system (shown here in black); the fifth approach involves combining multiple parts; and the sixth approach involves simulating some or all of the parts.

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