“What’s really exciting about the whole field of network alignment now is that we are in a sense where the sequence alignment people were in, say, 1975,” said Trey Ideker, co-developer of PathBlast — a software tool that by his own analogy might be considered the Needleman-Wunsch of the post-sequence era.

In 1975, Ideker said, “there was just enough sequence data that people could think about aligning them and developing better and better algorithms for doing that, and we’re in that same stage now with interaction networks.”

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