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COMMITTEE ON MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY: BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF MARINE NATURAL PRODUCTS
NANCY TARGETT (Chair),
University of Delaware, Lewes
State University of New York at Buffalo
Oregon State University, Corvallis
D. JAY GRIMES,
University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs
The Institute for Genomic Research, Rockville, Md.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Inc., Fort Pierce, Fla.
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company, N.J.
JENNIFER MERRILL, Study Director,
JENNIFER KUZMA, Senior Program Officer,
DENISE GREENE, Senior Project Assistant
In these proceedings the Ocean Studies Board and the Board on Life Sciences ad hoc Committee on Marine Biotechnology summarize and integrate information obtained from two workshops on Marine Biotechnology (October 5-6, 1999, and November 5-6, 2001). We use that information as a basis for recommending promising research areas in marine biotechnology. The 1999 workshop and its subsequent report emphasized environmental applications for marine biotechnology and included the topics of biomaterials, bioremediation, restoration, prediction and monitoring, and economic and regulatory aspects. The 2001 workshop (whose proceedings are incorporated into this report) emphasized biomedical applications of marine biotechnology and included the topics of drug discovery and development; genomic and proteomic applications for marine bioproduct discovery; biomaterials and bioengineering; and public policy, partnerships, and outreach. Considering marine biotechnology within this broad context, the committee identifies promising research areas and highlights issues that are slowing the implementation of marine biotechnology in the environmental and biomedical arenas. While aquaculture practices are relevant to the production and sustainability of marine natural products development, an in-depth examination of this large topic was beyond the scope of the current project.
The Committee acknowledges the contributions of its sponsors: the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program, the National Science Foundation, The Whitaker
Foundation, the Minerals Management Service, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the National Academy of Sciences. This report was also greatly enhanced by the participants of the two workshops. Those who participated in the 1999 workshop are acknowledged in its report. Here the committee acknowledges the efforts of those who gave oral presentations at the 2001 workshop: Rita Colwell, National Science Foundation; William Fenical, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Guy Carter, Wyeth Ayerst; Mary Ann Jordan, University of California, Santa Barbara; Patrick Walsh, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; Bradley Moore, University of Arizona; Claire Fraser, The Institute for Genomic Research; Stephen Giovannoni, Oregon State University; Scott Peterson, The Institute for Genomic Research; Daniel Drell, U.S. Department of Energy; Anne Meyer, State University of New York at Buffalo; Rodney White, University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center; Cato Laurencin, Drexel University; Andrew Bruckner, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Joshua Rosenthal, National Institutes of Health; Donald Gerhart, University of Oregon; and James Cato, University of Florida Sea Grant. These speakers helped to set the stage for the fruitful committee discussions that followed the workshop.
In its discussions, the committee also relied heavily on the published proceedings of the 1999 workshop (NRC, 2000) and on oral summary briefs presented to the committee by 1999 workshop participants Laurie Richardson and Roger Prince (a committee member). The committee is also grateful to the following people who have provided other important material for consideration: Christine Benedict, Niels Lindquist, Robert Jacobs, and Eric Mathur. Ruth Crossgrove (NRC) provided assistance with editing.
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Russell Kerr, Florida Atlantic University; Judith McDowell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; David Newman, National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute; Laurie Richardson,
Florida International University; Norman Wainwright, Marine Biological Laboratory; and Herbert Waite, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by John Burris, Beloit College. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.