Network visualization for integrative bioinformatics

Andreas Kerren, Falk Schreiber

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Approaches to investigate biological processes have been of strong interest in the past few years and are the focus of several research areas like systems biology. Biological networks as representations of such processes are crucial for an extensive understanding of living beings. Due to their size and complexity, their growth and continuous change, as well as their compilation from databases on demand, researchers very often request novel network visualization, interaction, and exploration techniques. In this chapter, we first provide background information that is needed for the interactive visual analysis of various biological networks. Fields such as (information) visualization, visual analytics, and automatic layout of networks are highlighted and illustrated by a number of examples. Then, the state of the art in network visualization for the life sciences is presented together with a discussion of standards for the graphical representation of cellular networks and biological processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApproaches in Integrative Bioinformatics
Subtitle of host publicationToward the Virtual Cell
EditorsMing Chen, Ralf Hofestadt
Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
Pages173 - 202
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9783642412813
ISBN (Print)9783642412806
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Biological networks
  • Visualization
  • Graph drawing
  • Visual analytics
  • Interaction
  • Exploration
  • SBGN
  • Visualization tools

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