Michael White has a post at Adaptive Complexity about the value of building mathematical models in understanding biological systems. "There is a big gap between biophysicists and physiologists - in the realm of molecular, cell, and developmental biology, the value of building mathematical models is not widely accepted," he writes, noting that part of the reason may be how much progress has been made in molecular biology without having to lean on such models.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

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