"Systems biology is like pornography, we know it when we see it"
Systems biology is a growing field that aims at studying all interactions between the components of a biological system. These interactions can involve macromolecules such as DNA, proteins etc. "As an analogy, systems biology is like watching all the parts of an engine. It is, of course, interesting to know each part separately but how they are connected and work together also needs to be understood"
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.