A discussion of various networks of interest in biology, including biochemical networks, neural networks, and ecological networks
Networks are widely used in many branches of biology as a convenient representation of patterns of interaction between appropriate biological elements. Molecular biologists, for example, use networks to represent the patterns of chemical reactions among chemicals in the cell, while neuroscientists use them to represent patterns of connections between brain cells, and ecologists study the networks of interactions between species in ecosystems, such as predation or cooperation. This chapter describes the most common kinds of biological networks and discusses methods for determining their structure. These include biochemical networks, neural networks, and ecological networks.
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