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Now greater than ever, biology has the capability to give a contribution sensible ideas to the various significant demanding situations confronting the USA and the area. a brand new Biology for the twenty first Century recommends "New Biology" approach--one that relies on better integration inside of biology, and nearer collaboration with actual, computational, and earth scientists, mathematicians and engineers--be used to discover strategies to 4 key societal wishes: sustainable foodstuff creation, surroundings recovery, optimized biofuel construction, and development in human overall healthiness. The technique demands a coordinated attempt to leverage assets around the federal, inner most, and educational sectors to aid meet demanding situations and enhance the go back on lifestyles technology study often.

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The New Biology Initiative proposed in this report would provide the resources to attract the best minds from across the scientific landscape to the problem, ensure that innovations and advances are swiftly communicated, and provide the tools and technologies needed to succeed. 2). A New Biology Approach to the Health Challenge: Understanding Individual Health The New Biology approach to the environmental challenge aims to make it possible to monitor ecosystem function and restore that function when it is compromised.

Fermentation-based large-scale (>10 ktons/year) production of chemicals and materials is an emerging opportunity. For example, lactic acid, produced by bacteria, can be polymerized into a substance that has useful properties in both fiber and molded form. Large-volume ­production of propanediol (PDO), using an engineered E. coli host, was commercialized in 2007. PDO is used in applications ranging from deicing fluids to personal care products. BioPDO is also an important component of poly (trimethylene ­terephthalate), a polymer with true engineering properties.

Html Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 2 How the New Biology Can Address Societal Challenges In the 1800s, those who studied the living world were called “naturalists” and they were highly interdisciplinary, combining observations from biology, geology, and physics to describe the natural world. 1). 1, the New Biology relies on integrating knowledge from many disciplines to derive deeper understanding of biological systems. That deeper understanding both allows the development of biology-based solutions for societal problems and also feeds back to enrich the individual scientific disciplines that contributed to the new insights.

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