Problems and paradigms
Making the right connections: biological networks in the light of evolution
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 31, Issue 10, pages 1080–1090, October 2009
How to Cite
Knight, C. G. and Pinney, J. W. (2009), Making the right connections: biological networks in the light of evolution. Bioessays, 31: 1080–1090. doi: 10.1002/bies.200900043
- Issue published online: 15 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2009
- correlation network;
- eQTL network;
- eurovision song contest;
- gene regulatory network;
- protein–protein interaction network
Our understanding of how evolution acts on biological networks remains patchy, as is our knowledge of how that action is best identified, modelled and understood. Starting with network structure and the evolution of protein–protein interaction networks, we briefly survey the ways in which network evolution is being addressed in the fields of systems biology, development and ecology. The approaches highlighted demonstrate a movement away from a focus on network topology towards a more integrated view, placing biological properties centre-stage. We argue that there remains great potential in a closer synergy between evolutionary biology and biological network analysis, although that may require the development of novel approaches and even different analogies for biological networks themselves.