Versions of Feynman’s “What I cannot create, I cannot understand”

I thought it would be fun to think about versions (in no particular order) of this quotation as it might be said by different types of biologists:

Bioeningeer: “I cannot understand what I cannot build.”

Cell biologist: “I cannot understand what I cannot see.”

Structural biology: “I cannot understand what I cannot see at high resolution.”

Computational biologist: “I cannot understand what I cannot compute.”

Systems biologist: “I cannot understand what I cannot model.”

Evolutionary biologist: “I cannot understand what I cannot compare.”

Chemical biologist: “I cannot understand what I cannot inhibit.”

Biochemist: “I cannot understand what I cannot reconstitute.”

Molecular biologist: “I cannot understand what I cannot clone.”

Genome biologist: “I cannot understand what I cannot sequence.”

Geneticist: “I cannot understand what I cannot mutate.”

 

Of course, the truth is that it is rare that a single approach can answer a question. I will leave it to the reader to guess which ones are my favorites.