No biological macromolecule – nor living being – works on its own but interacts with many others which, in turn, interact with others. This is the field of systems biology.
Bioinformatics develops mathematical models that can illustrate such systems and even address their evolution in time. Such tools can help to delineate metabolic pathways, for instance, or predict what could happen if a given species is introduced into a pre-existing ecological system.
At SIB, several groups are working on the topic systems biology
as their main field of activity:
as one field among others: