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Integrating Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: Perspectives and Possibilities for In Silico Network Reconstruction in Molecular Systems Biology

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There is a flood of molecular data about many aspects of cellular functioning. This data ranges from sequence and structural data to gene and protein regulation data, including time dependent changes in the concentration. Integration of the different datasets through computational methods is required to extract biological information that is relevant from a systems biology perspective.

In this paper we discuss how different computational tools and methods can be made to work together integrating different types of data, mining these data for biological information, and assisting in pathway reconstruction and biological hypotheses generation. We review the recent body of literature where such integrative approaches are used and discuss automation of data integration and model building to generate testable biological hypotheses. We analyze issues regarding the design of such automated tools and discuss what limitations and pitfalls can be foreseen for the automation and what solutions can computer science and biologists provide to overcome them.



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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-05-01

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  • Current Bioinformatics aims to publish all the latest and outstanding developments in bioinformatics. Each issue contains a series of timely, in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field, covering a wide range of the integration of biology with computer and information science.

    The journal focuses on reviews on advances in computational molecular/structural biology, encompassing areas such as computing in biomedicine and genomics, computational proteomics and systems biology, and metabolic pathway engineering. Developments in these fields have direct implications on key issues related to health care, medicine, genetic disorders, development of agricultural products, renewable energy, environmental protection, etc.

    Current Bioinformatics is an essential journal for all academic and industrial researchers who want expert knowledge on all major advances in bioinformatics.
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