Crisis Responses and Crisis Management: what can we learn from Biological Networks?

Péter Csermely, Agoston Mihalik, Zsolt Vassy, András London


The generality of network properties allows the utilization of the ‘wisdom’ of biological systems surviving crisis events for many millions of years. Yeast protein-protein interaction network shows a decrease in community-overlap (an increase in community cohesion) in stress. Community rearrangement seems to be a cost-efficient, general crisis-management response of complex systems. Inter-community bridges, such as the highly dynamic ‘creative nodes’ emerge as crucial determinants helping crisis survival.


adaptation, cellular networks, communication networks, creative node, crisis management, network, network modules, protein-protein interaction networks, social networks, stress, yeast

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