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April 7, 2003

From: Interview by The Scientist Magazine

How has A New Kind of Science’s reception been from biologists in general?

Rather enthusiastic. I think there’s a tremendous awareness in that community that the next big steps have to involve theoretical modeling, and trying to understand global mechanisms. Questions about evolution theory often loom large in public discussions of biology. But a much greater interest among practicing biologists is to take what I’ve done and use it as a framework for new basic models and theories. People recognize that the genome contains some kind of program; the question is, what does that program actually do? And that is the kind of question my book gives one general methods to address.

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