Construction, comparison and evolution of networks in life sciences and other disciplines

Published in Royal Society Interface, 2020

Recommended citation: Gysi, D. M., & Nowick, K. (2020). Construction, comparison and evolution of networks in life sciences and other disciplines. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 17(166), 20190610. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2019.0610 https://doi/10.1098/rsif.2019.0610

Network approaches have become pervasive in many research fields. They allow for a more comprehensive understanding of complex relationships between entities as well as their group-level properties and dynamics. Many networks change over time, be it within seconds or millions of years, depending on the nature of the network. Our focus will be on comparative network analyses in life sciences, where deciphering temporal network changes is a core interest of molecular, ecological, neuropsychological and evolutionary biologists. Further, we will take a journey through different disciplines, such as social sciences, finance and computational gastronomy, to present commonalities and differences in how networks change and can be analysed. Finally, we envision how borrowing ideas from these disciplines could enrich the future of life science research.