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It's the Network, Stupid: Why Everything in Medicine Is Connected
By The PLoS Medicine Editors

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 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.

Dr Iain Lang
Epidemiology & Public Health Group
Peninsula Medical School
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