The Uncertainty of Stochastic Models and Human Mortality

Stochastic models help us predict events that deal with uncertainty. We can use them to do cool things like predicting the levels of noise in gene expression [1]. The randomness of genetic mutation, epigenetic factors, and other biological mechanisms that influence genetic expression isn't something that we look at as some sort of black box that we can never know. Not only is it a truly remarkable demonstration of concepts that are inherent to theoretical physics in the messy world of biology, but I loved how these types of models incorporate the epigenetic factors that we have previously deemed "unpredictable" on the gene expression scale.