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Biology's next revolution

Nature volume 445, page 369 (25 January 2007) | Download Citation


The emerging picture of microbes as gene-swapping collectives demands a revision of such concepts as organism, species and evolution itself.

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  1. Nigel Goldenfeld is in the Department of Physics and Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA.

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  2. Carl Woese is in the Department of Microbiology and Institute for Genomic Biology, 601 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA.

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