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Christian, great idea to ask this question here before taking important decisions. Are those media articles a hype? Yes. Over the last 10 years I constantly see those hype stories in media about "revolutionary" large-scale-study/big data projects with mind-blowing numbers (gigabases, teraflops, terabytes, thousands of papers and hundreds of genes). ...


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The paper by Lobo and Levin is an attempt to learn a model that represents the inner workings of a biological system by fitting parameters to data. This is a common topic in "systems biology", a model-based approach to studying biology that is popular in some fields. Even for small systems, this is a phenomenally hard problem. Unlike most machine learning ...


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The fruit, sadly, does not hang so low. Short version Lobo et al (the work you refer to) is a nice and not especially novel application of basic Systems Biology modeling approaches to the wound healing system in flat worms. The main barrier to the wider application of such work is the lack of the necessary experimental data. Lobo et al themselves don't ...



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