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Friday, June 8, 2007

On the blogs: evolution and economics

On Nature Network Boston, Deanne Taylor, research scientist and program chair in the bioinformatics graduate program at Brandeis University, calls for better science education, in light of recent debates in which Republican candidates for president have been bashing evolution.

"Maybe someone should mention that part of the US economy relies on the tools given by evolutionary theory," she writes. "Drug discovery, in many ways, depends on evolutionary theory to supply the logical framework and tools around molecule and sequence analysis, as one example. Evolution isnít 'just' an incredibly supported explanation for an extensive collection of facts. It also defines a mathematical tool that allows us to group sequences into a logical order."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 12:54 PM
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