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This is good stuff, thanks. Delighted you are using a cell systems approach! I'm guessing you have probably read Daniel J. Nicholson's paper, Is the Cell Really a Machine? (Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2019). If not, here's a link: https://philpapers.org/rec/NICITC ) Marvellous paper, with some deep insights into how our understanding of cells, and organisms, has been distorted by the lab techniques we have used to study those cells, and by the mechanistic analogies that we tended to adapt as a result of using those techniques. Well worth reading, if you haven't already! Anyway, well done again on this very clearly-written and informative post, and on the excellent and important research you are doing.

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