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Developing a method to modularize biological models according to biological mechanisms, thereby facilitating model reuse.

This study describes a method to modularize biological models, such that they can be reused, repurposed, integrated, and shared without significant refactoring. The unit of modularization is a biological mechanism; the modularized mechanism is called a physiomimetic mechanism module (PMM). The study provides both a scientific, generalized modularization method as well as a demonstrated method specific to Java and other object-oriented programming languages.