From Helix to Hairball by Arthur Lander via Nicolas Simonis and Marc Vidal
Human proteome, and its binding interactions. Depiction of the data as a hairball, an increasingly familiar image in the biology literature. Figure kindly provided by Nicolas Simonis and Marc Vidal.
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Lander BMC Biology 2010 8:40 dx.doi.org/10.1186/1741-7007-8-40
"A culture's icons are a window onto its soul. Few would disagree that, in the culture of molecular biology that dominated much of the life sciences for the last third of the 20th century, the dominant icon was the double helix. In the present, post-modern, 'systems biology' era, however, it is, arguably, the hairball."