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Published Online: 9 February 2005

A Formal Language for Computational Systems Biology

Publication: OMICS:A Journal of Integrative Biology
Volume 8, Issue Number 4


The post-genomic era has opened new insights into the complex biochemical reaction systems present in the cell and has generated huge amount of information. The biological systems are highly complex and can overwhelm the numerically computable models. Therefore, models employing symbolical techniques might provide a faster insight. This paper presents some preliminary results and recent trends in the above direction. Specifically, it presents an overview of the main features of some formalisms and techniques from the field of specification languages for concurrency and mobility, which have been proposed to model and simulate the dynamics of the interaction of complex biological systems. The ultimate goal of these symbolic approaches is the modeling, analysis, simulation, and hopefully prediction of the behavior of biological systems (vs. biological components).

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cover image OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology
OMICS:A Journal of Integrative Biology
Volume 8Issue Number 4Winter 2004
Pages: 370 - 380
PubMed: 15703483


Published online: 9 February 2005
Published in print: Winter 2004


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Daniel D. Errampalli
Department of Information and Telecommunication, University of Trento, Povo, Italy.
Dr. Corrado Priami
Department of Information and Telecommunication, University of Trento, Povo, Italy.
Paola Quaglia
Department of Information and Telecommunication, University of Trento, Povo, Italy.

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