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Prediction and explanation in social systems

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Science  03 Feb 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6324, pp. 486-488
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal3856

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  • RE: Prediction and explanation
    • Silvio Pitlik, Visiting Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science

    When dealing with research on the microbiota, we are actually dealing with an intricate social system composed by microbial individuals expressing anthropomorphic-like behaviors. Consequently, when trying to understand holobionts in health and disease we have to apply methods developed by social scientists.

    Competing Interests: None declared.