The New York Times profiles Martin Nowak, a biochemist who now heads up the evolutionary dynamics program at Harvard. Nowak has applied his background in game theory to the concept of cooperation, which he argues works in tandem with mutation and selection to serve as a third principle of evolution. Cooperation, he says, works from the level of genes in the genome to cells in organs right on up to how organisms behave with other organisms.

 

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

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