Date Published: March 25, 2008
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract: Network theory is increasingly used to understand relationships in health and medicine, whether they be at the cellular, population, or social levels.
Partial Text: One need look no further than Facebook to appreciate the significance and power of social networking. (Even PLoS has its own thriving Facebook community, which you can join at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2401713690.) But social networking is about more than just friends reunited; it’s a framework for understanding even the most basic of biological processes. Two papers in this month’s PLoS Medicine illustrate the insight that network theory brings to basic science, and the valuable interdisciplinarity that social network analysis can inspire.