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Introduction: A Vision of the Future
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... Here are some of the many different ways in which the life sciences could contribute to meeting these challenges: • A wide variety of plants with faster maturation, drought tolerance, and disease resistance could contribute to a sustainable increase in local food production. • Food crops could be engineered for higher nutritional value, including higher concentrations of vitamins and healthier oils.
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... Integration of the biological sciences with physical and computational sciences, mathematics, and engineering promises to build a wider biological enterprise with the scope and expertise to address a broad range of scientific and societal problems. The following chapters will discuss why the life sciences are poised to tackle major challenges of the 21st century, describe why we reside at such an exceptional moment for the life sciences, and finally, provide recommendations for shaping investment in life science research.

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