Self-organization, complexity and chaos: The new biology for medicine

D. S. Coffey

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The self-organization of cells into complex interacting systems can be described using a branch of mathematics called nonlinear dynamics, which includes the study of chaos. Here, Donald Coffey explains how analysis of complex biological systems using nonlinear dynamics sheds light on the events leading to disorders as varied as epilepsy, heart disease and cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)882-885
Number of pages4
JournalNature medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 17 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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