Acta Biotheoretica

, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 307–313 | Cite as

From Cells to Organisms: Current Topics in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology

  • Wolfgang AltEmail author
  • Helen Byrne
  • Andreas Deutsch
Regular Article


At the beginning of this special issue of Acta Biotheoretica carrying the above title, we present a brief overview on currently important topics that have been brought up during the last “European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology” in Edinburgh. After emphasizing the need for a “synthetic biology” also from the side of theory, model building and analysis, we survey most plenary talks of this Conference and a selected series of eigth review articles, which are mainly related to corresponding minisymposia, reflecting the current state of the art and the lively discussion within this interdisciplinary field.


Mathematical biology Theoretical biology Multi-scale modelling Cells Tissues Organisms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Group of Theoretical Biology, IZMB, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural SciencesUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of NottinghamUniversity ParkNottinghamGreat Britain
  3. 3.Center for Information Services and High Performance ComputingTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

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