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This image integrates the thousands of known molecular and genetic interactions happening inside our bodies using a computer program called Cytoscape. Images like this are known as network wiring diagrams, but Cytoscape creator Trey Ideker somewhat jokingly calls them "hairballs" because they can be so complicated, intricate and hard to tease apart. Cytoscape comes with tools to help scientists study specific interactions, such as differences between species or between sick and diseased cells.

Featured in the June 16, 2010, issue of Biomedical Beat.


Trey Ideker, University of California, San Diego

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Keiichiro Ono, University of California, San Diego

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