All biology is computational biology
Published: March 9, 2017 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2002050
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.
Citation: Markowetz F (2017) All biology is computational biology. PLoS Biol 15(3): e2002050. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2002050
Published: March 9, 2017
Copyright: © 2017 Florian Markowetz. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Funding: Cancer Research UK http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ (grant number C14303/A17197). The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Provenance: Commissioned; not externally peer reviewed
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