Date of this Version
Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2013 May ; 93(5): 393–395. doi:10.1038/clpt.2013.41.
Diseases are often a result of multiple malfunctions in complex, nonlinear biological/biochemical networks. As such, these processes are far more complicated to understand because they tend to give rise to functions that are emergent in nature, i.e., higher-level (mal)functions that are more than the sum of their parts. Systems biology provides a new approach to understanding biological systems and diseases from a holistic perspective.