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The Physiome Project, exemplified by the Cardiac Physiome, is now 10 years old. In this article, we review past progress and future challenges in developing a quantitative framework for understanding human physiology that incorporates both genetic inheritance and environmental influence. Despite the enormity of the challenge, which is certainly greater than that facing the pioneers of the human genome project 20 years ago, there is reason for optimism that real and accelerating progress is being made.

Original publication




Journal article


Exp Physiol

Publication Date





597 - 605


Biological Evolution, Biophysical Phenomena, Computational Biology, Electrophysiological Phenomena, Heart, Humans, Mathematical Concepts, Models, Cardiovascular, Models, Genetic, Systems Biology