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J.KAPUSTA/IMAGES.COM `Complex' is perhaps the most common

Uri Alon
`Complex' is perhaps the most common
adjective used to describe biological phe-
nomena. In every cell, complex networks
of interactions occur between thousands
of metabolites, proteins and DNA. Every
interaction is itself a complex dance
between exquisitely shaped proteins,
designed to interface with each other if
the conditions are right. And every protein
looks like tangled strands of spaghetti fes-
tooned with atomic appendages. So where
is the simplicity?
The point I wish to make is not that
biology is simple, but that biological net-
works of interactions are simpler than
they might have been. There seems to be
a degree of simplicity in several aspects of
these networks, which is intriguing given


Source: Alon, Uri - Departments of Molecular Cell Biology & Physics of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute of Science


Collections: Biology and Medicine