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Contextualizing Systems Biology

Presuppositions and Implications of a New Approach in Biology

Authors: Döring, M., Petersen, I., Brüninghaus, A., Kollek, R.

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  • Provides a new perspective on the study of newly emerging technologies and systems biology
  • Provides analysis of epistemic presumptions, socio-cultural implications and cultural backgrounds inherent in systems biology
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This collective monograph aims at contributing to an improved understanding of the epistemic presumptions, sociocultural implications and historically backgrounds of the newly emerging and currently expanding approach of systems biology. In doing so, it offers empirically grounded, valuable and reflexive information about a paradigmatic shift in the biosciences for a wide range of scientists working in the interdisciplinary areas of systems biology, synthetic biology, molecular biology, biology, the philosophy of science, the sociology of science and scientific knowledge, science and technology studies, technology assessment and the like. The authors of this monograph share the theoretical methodological premise that science is a culturally and socially embedded practice which characterizes our culture as a scientific one and at the same time draws its innovative potential from its socio-cultural context. This dialectic relationship lies at the heart of the current development of systems biology which is conceived as a so-called successor of ‘-omics’ research and triggered by high-throughput information technologies. At the same time a need for a holistic conceptualization of complex biological processes emerges. The title Contextualizing Systems Biology suggests that this book analyzes the development and advent of systems biology from different theoretical and methodological perspectives. We investigate a variety of contexts ranging from the analysis of cognitive contexts (such as basic theoretical concepts) to regulative contexts (policies) to the concrete application of a systems biology in the socio-scientific context of a European research project. In empirically analyzing these different and interrelated layers and dimensions of systems biology, the scope of the book goes beyond present attempts to investigate the advent of new approaches in the biological sciences as it frames and assesses systems biology from an interdisciplinary and integrated perspective.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Understanding Systems Biology: A Place for Social Science Analysis

    Pages 1-26

    Kollek, Regine (et al.)

  • Basic Concepts of Systems Biology as Seen Through Systems Biologists’ Eyes: Metaphorical Imagination and Epistemic Presuppositions

    Pages 27-118

    Döring, Martin (et al.)

  • Systems-Oriented Approaches in Biology: System Biologist’s Narratives of Present, Past, and Future

    Pages 119-146

    Döring, Martin (et al.)

  • Systems Biology, Information Technology, and Cancer Research

    Pages 147-211

    Petersen, Imme (et al.)

  • Science Policy of Systems Biology

    Pages 213-260

    Brüninghaus, Anne (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contextualizing Systems Biology
Book Subtitle
Presuppositions and Implications of a New Approach in Biology
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-17106-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-17106-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-17105-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79233-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 316
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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