Biology's next revolution

@article{Goldenfeld2007BiologysNR,
  title={Biology's next revolution},
  author={N. Goldenfeld and C. Woese},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={445},
  pages={369-369}
}
The emerging picture of microbes as gene-swapping collectives demands a revision of such concepts as organism, species and evolution itself. Will the traditional units of biology — the organism and the species — be swept away in the flood of new genomics data? In the first of a new Essay series, Nigel Goldenfeld and Carl Woese argue that, for microbes at least, it could happen. Free-living marine microbes, unlike their lab-grown 'clonal' cousins, are adept at acquiring useful characteristics… Expand
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