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Research Article

Emergence of a Small-World Functional Network in Cultured Neurons

  • Julia H. Downes mail,

    j.downes@reading.ac.uk

    Affiliation: School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Mark W. Hammond,

    Affiliations: School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom, School of Chemistry, Food Biosciences and Pharmacy, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Dimitris Xydas,

    Affiliation: School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Matthew C. Spencer,

    Affiliation: School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Victor M. Becerra,

    Affiliation: School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Kevin Warwick,

    Affiliation: School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Ben J. Whalley,

    Affiliation: School of Chemistry, Food Biosciences and Pharmacy, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Slawomir J. Nasuto

    Affiliation: School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Published: May 17, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002522

About the Authors

Julia H. Downes, Mark W. Hammond, Dimitris Xydas, Matthew C. Spencer, Victor M. Becerra, Kevin Warwick, Slawomir J. Nasuto
School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Mark W. Hammond, Ben J. Whalley
School of Chemistry, Food Biosciences and Pharmacy, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: j.downes@reading.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: JHD MWH DX MCS BJW SJN. Wrote the paper: JHD. Conceived and designed the analysis of existing data: JHD BJW SJN. Edited the manuscript: JHD MWH DX MCS VMB KW BJW SJN.