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The question of complexity

Synthetic biology and nanotechnology have much in common, including the presence of competing schools of thought within each field. Richard Jones explores the parallels between the two subjects.

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Jones, R. The question of complexity. Nature Nanotech 3, 245–246 (2008).

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