|Like a map showing heavily traveled roads, this
mathematical model of metabolic activity inside an E. coli cell shows
the busiest pathway in white. Reaction pathways used less frequently by
the cell are marked in red (moderate activity) and green (even less activity).
Visualizations like this one may help scientists identify drug targets that
block key metabolic pathways in bacteria. Courtesy of Albert-László
Barabási, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame. Featured in the January 18, 2005, issue of Biomedical Beat.
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