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Biological robustness: design, organization, and mechanisms

Serban, Maria and Green, Sara (2019) Biological robustness: design, organization, and mechanisms. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Recent engineering-based modelling efforts in systems biology suggest that some forms of biological robustness depend on relational features of the organization of living systems. To explain such features, abstract representations of patterns of organization or design principles within the framework of control theory have been proposed. We characterize the results of such model-based practices as structural-causal explanations and situate our account in the broader philosophical debate about explanation in biology.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Serban, Mariamariaserban.org@gmail.com
Green, Sarasaraehrenreichgreen@gmail.com
Keywords: robustness, design, mechanisms, chemotaxis, engineering
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Maria Serban
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2019 02:42
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 02:42
Item ID: 16251
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16251

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