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date: 25 January 2021

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The biological sciences have long benefited from the intellectual and pragmatic input of ideas and techniques from other disciplines, including medicine, chemistry, engineering, and mathematics. “Interdisciplinarity in the Biological Sciences” discusses the synergies that have emerged from the integration of these disciplines into the biological sciences, and uses examples to strongly advocate for such approaches. The reach of biology extends well beyond the sciences and technology into interdisciplinary interactions within the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Finally, interdisciplinary collaboration between various scientists, engineers, and mathematicians is not without its pitfalls and impediments, from both an individual and institutional perspective, so some potential hurdles to effective interdisciplinary research are outlined.

Keywords: interdisciplinarity, medicine, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, biology, collaboration

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