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At Wired blogs, Brandon Keim talks about the non-linear dynamics of evolution -- or rather, he lets us read an excerpt from his interview with microbiologist and author, Carl Woese. A growing number of scientists, Keim writes, see the jumps in biological complexity to be at odds with Darwinian evolution. To that end, he's writing an article on the topic and over the next few posts will publish excerpts from his interviews. Systems biology is ever apparent: "Linear thinking is not the kind of thinking that's needed to study evolution.

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