Model Systems in Biology

What Makes a Good Model System?

Model biological system philosophy:

We are unlikely to ever know everything about every organism. Therefore, we should agree on some convenient organism(s) to study in great depth, so that we can use the experience of the past (in that organism) to build on in the future. This will lead to a body of knowledge in that 'model system' that allows us to design appropriate studies of non-model systems to answer important questions about their biology.

Historical statements of the philosophy:

Criteria for a model biological system:

What are some working Model Systems in Biology and Medicine?

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