Genomics and the Geosciences

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Science  28 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5453, pp. 605-606
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5453.605

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The exploding genomic database holds enormous promise for understanding the coevolution of life and the Earth. Genomic data will help us understand how organisms operate and how they evolved, while the geological sciences provide the environmental and temporal context for understanding how and when key thresholds were crossed. A rich collaboration between geosciences and biological sciences should thus lead to fundamental advances in our understanding of the coevolution of the Earth's bio-, hydro-, atmo- and lithospheres.