Forget fossils and DNA comparisons. A new center at Michigan State University will shift the focus of evolution from the past to the future, reports the Free Press. MSU said Wednesday that it has received a five-year, $25-million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the work of the new Bio/computational Evolution in Action CONsortium, or BEACON. The center, which is to open in June, will bring together biologists who study natural evolutionary processes and computer scientists and engineers. Together, they will study how the evolutionary process in the biological world may be applied to the computer world — and vice versa…

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