Systems biology is becoming more and more appealing as a science, says Alex Palazzo at the Daily Transcript. A former systems bio skeptic, he reports on some work he saw presented recently that intrigued him. Instead of trying to model organisms in all their complex glory, this researcher was modeling the simplest set of equations "that represents how the system works [to] figure out how the mechanism should work," he writes.

 

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

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