Biology stands at an interesting juncture. The past decades have seen remarkable advances in our understanding of how living organisms work. These advances have been built mostly on molecular biology: applying the ideas that the gene is the fundamental unit of biological information and that chemistry provides effective mechanistic explanations of biological processes. These approaches, combined with an increasing ability to analyse highly complex biomolecular mixtures both qualitatively and quantitatively, have led to our present good understanding of cells and organisms and to significant improvements in our knowledge of human disease.
Updated on March 17, 2020