Is there a crisis in biology? Or are we just facing facts?
|May 15, 2014||Posted by News under Biology, Genetics, News|
Who, exactly, said the world would be simple?
The world seemed simpler in the 1970s, when molecular biology brought us concepts such as “gene A leads to protein B, which leads to function C.” Thinking this way, scientists uncovered amazing mechanistic insights and, sometimes, designed effective drugs-the cancer drug Gleevec is the poster child of that reductionist approach. Wouldn’t it be nice if drug discovery always went this way?”
Those first drugs, however, were low-hanging fruit. Biology is much more complicated than simple schematics. Biological processes do not work in linear ways independently of one another but in tightly interconnected networks. In each branch of these networks, layers of regulatory controls constantly change the nature and abundance of the molecular players. We know little about the inner workings of human cells.”
When dealing with humans, we are also dealing with intentions, with mind.
You only think that guy is the sum total of his cells. Wrong.
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