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NetworksAn Introduction$
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Mark Newman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206650.001.0001

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Biological networks

Biological networks

A discussion of various networks of interest in biology, including biochemical networks, neural networks, and ecological networks

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(p.78) Chapter 5 Biological networks
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Networks
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M. E. J. Newman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206650.003.0005

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.

Keywords:   biological networks, biochemical networks, neural networks, ecological networks

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