Paul Brazhnik at the NIGMS Feedback Loop blog reports on a joint DMS/NIGMS initiative to support research in mathematical biology. One of the program's goals is to bring new mathematical approaches into core biological and biomedical research, Brazhnik says. At a meeting of PIs for the project, Brazhnik says he heard some ideas that caught his attention.

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