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Once Failing Biology Society Thrives as It Nurtures New Disciplines

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Science  10 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6167, pp. 129
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6167.129

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The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) is booming. Since 2009, its numbers have swelled by almost 50% to almost 3500, and its budget is balanced. Members say it excels at fostering new fields. In the past, the society has embraced evo-devo, a melding of evolutionary biology and development, and comparative biomechanics, which studies animal movement and locomotion. Earlier this week in Austin, another subdiscipline joined SICB, as those who study immune systems in natural settings set up shop as the new Division of Ecoimmunology and Disease Ecology.