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Calculating life? A sociological perspective on systems biology

Calvert, J   Fujimura, JH

EMBO reports (Science and Society Special Issue)   10 (S1) S46-S49

August 2009

Systems biology is an excellent research topic for social scientists because systems biologists themselves are fascinated by the social organization of their field. Moreover, as systems biology is an emerging research area, studying it from a sociological perspective allows social scientists to observe how scientists develop new fields of inquiry and practice, and challenge existing institutional and disciplinary structures. This article presents the results of our study of systems biology and of how systems biologists perceive their own field.