Now more than ever, biology has the potential to contribute practical solutions to many of the major challenges confronting the United States and the world. A New Biology for the 21st Century recommends that a "New Biology" approach—one that depends on greater integration within biology, and closer collaboration with physical, computational, and earth scientists, mathematicians and engineers—be used to find solutions to four key societal needs: sustainable food production, ecosystem restoration, optimized biofuel production, and improvement in human health. The approach calls for a coordinated effort to leverage resources across the federal, private, and academic sectors to help meet challenges and improve the return on life science research in general.
National Research Council. 2009. A New Biology for the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/12764.
|Introduction: A Vision of the Future
|1: The New Biology's Great Potential
|2 How the New Biology Can Address Societal Challenges
|3 Why Now?
|4 Putting the New Biology to Work
|Appendix A: Statement of Task
|Appendix B: Workshop Agenda
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Following the release of a National Academies report on the future of biological science, three of the study's authors discuss its key findings. A New Biology for the 21st Century identifies how biology can help meet challenges like feeding a growing population, providing adequate health care, generating energy to meet increasing demands, and coping with global climate change. In this video, Dr Phillip Sharp, Dr. Anthony Janetos, and Dr. Keith Yamamoto explain the studys goals and conclusions.
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