Standards for systems biology

Nat Rev Genet. 2006 Aug;7(8):593-605. doi: 10.1038/nrg1922.


High-throughput technologies are generating large amounts of complex data that have to be stored in databases, communicated to various data analysis tools and interpreted by scientists. Data representation and communication standards are needed to implement these steps efficiently. Here we give a classification of various standards related to systems biology and discuss various aspects of standardization in life sciences in general. Why are some standards more successful than others, what are the prerequisites for a standard to succeed and what are the possible pitfalls?

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Systems Biology / methods
  • Systems Biology / standards*
  • Systems Biology / trends
  • United Kingdom