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With the revolution in biology as a backdrop, the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research has played an important role for the past ten years, as a forum for discussion, for provocation, and for developing new ideas. The Task Force has brought together leaders in science and technology from the two sides of the Atlantic at a time when international collaborations in biology are becoming both more feasible and necessary. As this report indicates, the Task Force has contributed significantly to many emerging fields, as diverse as neuro-informatics, genomics, nano-biotechnology, and neonatal immunology. It also has promoted global understanding among the scientific community that biology is now a mega science, addressing problems that demand co-ordination on a global scale.

The EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research has enhanced communication across the Atlantic and established many important researcher-to-researcher relationships. Under the current leadership of the Task Force Co-chairpersons, Dr. Bruno Hansen of the European Commission and Dr. Mary Clutter of the National Science Foundation, it has developed as an open, collegial forum which encourages real communication and creative thought. In fact, it is acknowledged widely as the best example of what can be accomplished through EC-US scientific policy dialogue, and is serving as a model for other groups, which are forming under the recently signed EC-US Scientific and Technological Co-operation Agreement.

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Authors: EC-DG Research, EC-DG Research
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19407 EN (2000), 34pp, Euro: free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-0110-9
Record Number: 200012956 / Last updated on: 2000-12-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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