The social networks of cells

By Lindsay Nielson

Nature has published a paper by two biochemists from the University of Montreal that uses social network methodology to analyze cell networks in the human body. Crucial cell pairings are often obscured by the other molecules  created during cell division. By analyzing the nature of the ties between cells, these biochemists were able to parse out the original cell pairs and compare their functions. Doing this can help scientists cut unnecessary ties out of cell networks and regulate their growth.

The news article is here and the full PDF from Nature is here.


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