STRING DB - dealing with complex, overlapping clusters

Hi everyone! When you were working on the last set of deliverables, we received a lot of questions about how to deal with complex, overlapping clustered results from the STRING database website. While exploring the website in more depth earlier today, I discovered that you can move the nodes (genes) around. This may not be an ideal solution and some of you may have already figured this out, but the movement of the node allows you to count the number of connections each node in the clustered area has. You can use these numbers to identify which nodes have the most connections and can be classified as hub genes.

Here’s a video demoing what I’m talking about: