Tissue resilience: lessons from social resilience: Social sciences research on community resilience could inspire biology to understand homeostasis

Tomer Cooks, Rami Puzis, Odeya Cohen

EMBO reports 22 (8), e52926, 2021

In 2021, at the time of writing this article, societies around the world face the complex challenges and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the scientific community has worked hard to develop treatments and vaccines against the viral disease, countries are still struggling to cope with the medical, economic, and social impacts of a global health crisis. An important factor in their struggle is the concept of “resilience”, the ability of individuals, organizations, communities, and even whole nations to handle with a major crisis. Obviously, some countries have fared better during the pandemic so far, which owes, in good part, to public and health structures that provide them with said resilience so as to minimize the disturbance caused by COVID-19. Yet, the concept of resilience could be extended further down from nations or ecosystems to individual organisms and their organs or tissues.