National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
Office of News and Public Information
September 10, 2002

Running Time: 2:04:22
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A better understanding of DNA, new laboratory techniques, and greater computer power have revolutionized the field of biology in recent years, leading to achievements like the mapping of the human genome. This revolution has also changed the way biologists work, forcing them to develop know-how in other scientific disciplines. Math and computer models, for example, are crucial when trying to decipher the role played by a single gene among hundreds of thousands, and laser beams are being used by biologists to manipulate molecules. Undergraduate biology education, however, has not kept pace with these changes.


Speakers:
Lubert Stryer (chair) Winzer Professor School of Medicine, and Professor of Neurobiology Stanford University Stanford, Calif.