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Now greater than ever, biology has the capability to give a contribution useful strategies to the various significant demanding situations confronting the U.S. and the area. a brand new Biology for the twenty first Century recommends "New Biology" approach--one that will depend on better integration inside 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, environment recovery, optimized biofuel creation, and development in human overall healthiness. The technique demands a coordinated attempt to leverage assets around the federal, deepest, and educational sectors to assist meet demanding situations and enhance the go back on existence technology examine commonly.
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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. The goal of a New Biology approach to health is similar––to make it possible to monitor each individual’s health and treat any malfunction in a manner that is tailored to that individual. In other words, the goal is to provide individually predictive surveillance and care.
All rights reserved. html 24 A NEW BIOLOGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY inventory control system that quickly locates exactly the right part. Much of this potential is as yet unrealized because most species on Earth are yet unnamed, indeed undiscovered, and their precise evolutionary relationships are unknown. The field of systematics––the study of the diversity of life and the relationships among organisms––is undergoing a renaissance as a result of adding genomic and computational analysis to the many other ways organisms can be compared.
Understanding Plant Growth The long-term future of agriculture depends on a deeper understanding of plant growth. Growth—or development—is the path from the genetic instructions stored in the genome to a fully formed organism. Surprisingly little is now known about this path in plants. A genome sequence provides both a list of parts and a resource for plant breeding methods, but does not give the information needed to understand how each gene contributes to the formation and behavior of individual plant cells, how the cells collaborate and communicate to form tissues (such as the vascular system or the epidermis), and how the tissues function together to form the entire plant.