From building blocks to systems
03 Life | From building blocks to systems
The spectrum covered by the biosciences is vast: from elementary cellular processes to ecosystem earth. Decades of research have yielded enormous volumes of individual bits of information. Scientists are now collating this data to form comprehensive theories about life. This has been enabled by technological progress: instead of just describing living organisms, researchers are linking detailed information about the tiniest structures with the characteristics, functions and interactions of their ecosystems. We understand the way in which the natural environment formed organisms. We can also draw conclusions about past and future changes, such as reactions to global climate change. What’s more: the ability to purposefully influence life, or even recreate it, is within reach.