# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Life is a Game of Numbers," by Marina Chicurel. *Nature, * 21/28December 2000.

Mathematical modeling continues to impact biological research. In the pastyear, mathematics has aided research on bacterial and cellular response, aswell as genetic engineering. Two new institutes for mathematical biology, theInstitute for Systems Biology in Seattle and the Molecular Sciences Institutein Berkeley, promise to continue the trend. A US$25 million grant for Universityof Texas' Alliance for Cellular Signaling won't hurt, either.

*--- Kathryn Leonard*