After the recent controversy over "intelligent design" in the classroom, it's no great surprise to see that Science has awarded the title of Breakthrough of the Year to "Evolution in Action"; a catch-all phrase to describe new work on uncovering the mechanisms of how individual species emerge. Systems biology came in as a runner-up, highlighting the importance of this new discipline.
From a personal perspective, I was pleased to see microbial communities listed as an Area to Watch in 2006. We're currently working on modelling bacteria/phage interactions, and expect to have some interesting results to report early in the New Year.
Well, this will be the last blog post of 2005, so I'd just like to thank you all for reading (and for the comments you've sent me), and wish you a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. See you in 2006!