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Fundamentals of Data Mining in Genomics and Proteomics

pp 203-226

Networks in Cell Biology

  • Carlos Rodríguez-CasoAffiliated withICREA-Complex Systems Lab, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (GRIB)
  • , Ricard V. SoléAffiliated withICREA-Complex Systems Lab, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (GRIB)Santa Fe Institute

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Abstract

Both natural and artificial systems can be understood as the interaction of a given set of elements. Interactions lead to global behavior often beyond the simple sum of the properties of each element. Interactions create most behaviors around us: A meeting between two people, file transfers among computers, predator-prey dynamics, cell responses, complex protein formation or DNA-protein binding. Erom these interactions large-scale systems emerge as a mesh of relations: Society, Internet, food webs, organisms, tissues or cells. Such organizations cannot be reduced to individual properties and a global view is required.