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Preface

The 20th century might have belonged to physics, but the 21st will be about the biosciences and their impact on human health and well-being. This diverse collection of technologies is changing our world in dramatic ways, with the potential for even greater impact in the years ahead. In addition to improving human health, many other industries will be impacted by the biosciences—agriculture, forestry, food processing, and legal services, among others. The influence is also being felt in energy, cosmetics, supermarkets, the military, household appliances, information services, homeland security, and so on.

Defining bioscience and biomedicine

Bioscience consists of existing life science disciplines, such as biology and biochemistry, as well as related technologies, especially genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, stem cell therapies, cloning, and monoclonal antibody therapies. Adjacent and overlapping areas include biomaterials, tissue engineering, industrial biotechnology, genetically engineered crops, and even biological warfare. These applied areas will likely stimulate technological convergence among innovations in physics, chemistry, computer engineering, information technologies, and other sciences.


  

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