Busting robustness: using cancer’s greatest strength to our advantage

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Abstract

What do complex networks, such as those found in cancer cells, airplane flight patterns and the Internet have in common? A remarkable robustness with a surprising vulnerability. Complex networks follow remarkably similar patterns across seemingly unconnected fields, and it is possible that cancer researchers could thus learn from the advances in complex network theory. Very limited, yet coordinated, specific targeting of the most critical parts of a network can have dramatically outsized effects.

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