Linking big: the continuing promise of evolutionary synthesis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Synthetic science promises an unparalleled ability to find new meaning in old data, extant results, or previously unconnected methods and concepts, but pursuing synthesis can be a difficult and risky endeavor. Our experience as biologists, informaticians, and educators at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center has affirmed that synthesis can yield major insights, but also revealed that technological hurdles, prevailing academic culture, and general confusion about the nature of synthesis can hamper its progress. By presenting our view of what synthesis is, why it will continue to drive progress in evolutionary biology, and how to remove barriers to its progress, we provide a map to a future in which all scientists can engage productively in synthetic research.

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Cited Authors

  • Sidlauskas, B; Ganapathy, G; Hazkani-Covo, E; Jenkins, KP; Lapp, H; McCall, LW; Price, S; Scherle, R; Spaeth, PA; Kidd, DM

Published Date

  • April 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 64 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 871 - 880

PubMed ID

  • 19895550

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-5646

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0014-3820

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00892.x


  • eng