with other centers of front-line biological research so that they can draw on and exchange expertise with colleagues in the wider community.

DOE has done an exceptional job in leading the country in many fields of research that were at the cutting edge, in particular the Human Genome Project. DOE now has an opportunity to become a world leader in systems biology through the Genomics: GTL program and by integrating or connecting fundamental research data to other programs in DOE and other national and international agency programs. The committee commends DOE for its development of the Genomics: GTL program and encourages the DOE administration to consider the committee’s proposed alternative plan for the Genomics: GTL facilities. The recommendations in this report, if implemented, will enhance DOE’s potential for success in its three critical mission areas: bioenergy, bioremediation, and carbon sequestration.

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