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Friday, November 21st 2014
Speaker: Tarja Knuuttila, Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina
Subject: Modeling, Representing and Experimenting in the Study of Genetic Circuits
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.

In philosophical discussion models have traditionally been understood as representations. However, there is a growing body of literature that focuses on the features which modeling and experimentation share with each other. I will discuss the relationship between modeling, representation and experimentation through the case of mathematical and synthetic modeling within synthetic biology. Synthetic models are engineered genetic circuits that are built from genetic material and implemented in a natural cell environment. Typically, mathematical models have been used as their "blueprints". As concrete engineered things synthetic models can be considered as experimental objects that share the characteristics of both models and experiments. I will discuss how the triangulation of mathematical and synthetic modeling has led to new insights that would have been difficult to generate by either modeling or experimentation alone.

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