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fundamental research to advance our knowledge of basic cellular and molecular mechanisms. Research in disciplines ranging from the physical sciences, to biochemistry, physiology, applied biology, nutrition, medicine, epidemiology, biophysics, cellular and molecular biology, and genetics is needed to fill the gaps in our understanding of how dietary, environmental, and genetic factors interact to influence the risk of chronic diseases.

The committee hopes that the findings contained in this report will be as widely disseminated as possible and urges that all those with an interest in and responsibility for public health participate in this effort. Recognizing the limitations of current knowledge, it strongly believes that periodic updates of its findings will be necessary as new data emerge to shed more light on associations between diet and chronic diseases.

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