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Adaptive Complexity’s Michael White writes that the big questions in biology — such as what makes us human — are difficult to answer using molecular biology. He writes that scientists can associate genes with a process, but not at going from the molecular biology level back up to the organismal level. “In other words, we're good finding causal links between traits and genes. And thanks to genomics, we know the molecular function of many of those genes.

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