Algebra Adds Value to Mathematical Biology Education
Taken from ScienceDaily, the above headlines were clear (and welcome). Consider these quotes taken from the subsequent article:
 "As mathematics continues to become an increasingly important compoenent in undergraduate biology programs, a more comprehensive understanding of the use of algebraic models is needed by the next generation of biologists to facilitate new advances in the life sciences."
 "Future generations of biologists will routinely use mathematical and computational approaches to develop and frame hypotheses, design experiments, and analyze results."
 "Two types of mathematical models, in particular, have been successfully used in biology to reproduce network structure and dynamics: Continuoustime models derived from differential equations...(and) discretetime algebraic models."
 "Creating algebraic models of biochemical networks requires only a modest mathematical background, which is usually provided in a college algebra course."
 "The exciting thing about algebraic models from an educational perspective is that they highlight aspects of modernday biology...."
And the "defense" rests once again, case closed....mathematics is useful!
Source: ScienceDaily, August 3, 2009, which summarized an article in Science, July 31, 2009
