Monthly Archives: June 2011

Biochemical Control Analyis 101: Part 2

What is a control coefficient? First we should indicate what we mean by control. The term control has a special meaning in biochemical control analysis. Control refers to the ability of a system parameter to affect a system variable. For … Continue reading

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What is life?

What is life? Everyone must at some time have had a stab at defining life, so here’s mine….. A question that scientists and philosophers have struggled with for some millennia is what distinguishes living from non-living matter. Many different definitions … Continue reading

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Metabolic Control Analyis 101: Part 1

What is Metabolic Control Analysis? Broadly speaking, Metabolic Control Analysis is a mathematical approach that allows us to understand and quantify how perturbations to a biochemical pathway propagate out from the disturbance to the rest of the system. Metabolic Control … Continue reading

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SBML Parts Decomposition Tool

Biochemical Pathway Component Finder Ever wanted to extract a particular enzyme or reaction from a computational model? Perhaps not, but those of you who have, there is now a tool available to do that very task. Maxwell Neal from University … Continue reading

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Solving ODEs using Mathematica

Solving ODEs using Mathematica I have found that the documentation that comes with Mathematica is not always very helpful. At least it is not very helpful when you want to know the most common operations. One of those is solving … Continue reading

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