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Preface: Petri nets for Systems and Synthetic Biology

  • Monika Heiner


This special issue Petri Nets for Systems and Synthetic Biology presents selected highlights of a challenging and highly active research field. It consists of two parts, the former “Part 1: Bridging Gaps” and the current “Part 2: Unifying Diversity”.

Systems Biology is the biology-based interdisciplinary research area that focuses on complex interactions between the components of biological systems, and how these interactions give rise to function and behavior of these systems. One of the ambitions of Systems Biology is to discover the outcome of organic evolution and to describe this acquired knowledge in models, which are explanatory of the biological mechanisms as well as suitable for reliable prediction of behaviour when the system is perturbed by, e.g., mutations, chemical interventions or changes in the environment.

In the emerging discipline Synthetic Biology, the very same kind of models are taken as design templates for novel synthetic biological systems, i.e.,...


Synthetic Biology Label Transition System Stochastic Activity Network Large Scale Biological Network Gene Clock System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brandenburg University of TechnologyCottbusGermany

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