The idea of Modularity in Biology refers to the conjectural idea that many organisms consist of modules, both anatomically and in their metabolism. Modules are relatively independent and encapsulated parts of the network which usually are shared by a number of biological homologues. Biological networks, including animal brains, exhibit a high degree of modularity. A 2013 paper shows that modularity in biological networks may have evolved due to selection pressures to reduce connection costs.
- ^ Clune J, Mouret J-B, Lipson H (2013) The evolutionary origins of modularity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280: 20122863. (pdf)
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