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Complex Systems in Biophysics and Medicine

Working Group 8.43

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By definition, a complex system exhibits emergent properties which its individual components do not possess. These features arise from the intricate interplay of system components. The application of the superposition principle is prevented by the nonlinearity of the governing equations. In consequence, not all components can be modeled in full detail and choosing an appropriate level of description is crucial. Complexity is ubiquitous in living nature, opening a wide theoretical research field in biophysics and medicine. Integrated into the collaborative research center 910 ("Control of self-organizing nonlinear systems") and the research training group 1558 ("Nonequilibrium collective dynamics in condensed matter and biological systems"), we investigate the following range of complex systems in biophysics and medicine by means of numerical and analytical methods.

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