"Some of my best friends run systems biology departments. They still haven't been able to explain to me what it means."
Dr. Fishman (see credentials below) should know what he's talking about and has made me feel a whole lot better about my own lack of understanding about this relatively new field.
However, it did get me thinking again about the role of IT in Discovery. In particular, I was reminded that Discovery IT is an extremely complex area shrouded in mystery and looked on with dread by anyone not educated or experienced in that field. Depending on your point-of-view the mystery and complexity is either good or bad.
Good if you are working in Discovery and want the IT guys to stay out of your way. Bad if you have a broader view of IT and want to make an impact within Discovery as well.