By Razib Khan | September 5, 2012 8:56 pm

There’s a reason that people say that the 21st century is the century of biology, whereas the 20th was the century of physics. See Brendan Maher, Ed Yong, and Dr. Daniel MacArthur’s coverage. I haven’t read the papers, so I can’t say much, though ENCODE has been a big deal for a while.

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Comments (4)

  1. Chad

    Just now digging through the papers. Needless to say it is an amazing effort. It makes me think however that already the data has outstripped our ability to analyze and there is no slowing the data generation. The lack in analysis ability is all to apparent when you realize that most Biologists have neither the quantitative or computational backgrounds to even begin a serious analysis. I am starting to see a slow change and increased push to teach Biology students the necessary skill sets, but its still lacking.

  2. zach

    @1 – its truly a golden time for computational biologists

  3. John Emerson

    I really think that the superiority of biology began about with Watson and Crick. Physics has this mystique but the last 50 years hasn’t come up with anything to match the 50 years before that, or the 200 years before that.

  4. #3, i think that’s about right. though i would say that the cold war drove a lot of physics funding, so in terms of careers there was still a major latency. additionally, the average physicist has more intellectual capital than the average biologist, so though biology as a domain is probably more fruitful, one can’t generalize to the individuals. crick was trained as a physicist.


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