Biology has entered an era in which interdisciplinary cooperation is at an all-time high, practical applications follow basic discoveries more quickly than ever before, and new technologies--recombinant DNA, scanning tunneling microscopes, and more--are revolutionizing the way science is conducted. The potential for scientific breakthroughs with significant implications for society has never been greater.
Opportunities in Biology reports on the state of the new biology, taking a detailed look at the disciplines of biology; examining the advances made in medicine, agriculture, and other fields; and pointing out promising research opportunities. Authored by an expert panel representing a variety of viewpoints, this volume also offers recommendations on how to meet the infrastructure needs--for funding, effective information systems, and other support--of future biology research.
Exploring what has been accomplished and what is on the horizon, Opportunities in Biology is an indispensable resource for students, teachers, and researchers in all subdisciplines of biology as well as for research administrators and those in funding agencies.
Table of Contents
|1. The New Biology||15-18|
|2. New Technologies and Instrumentation||19-38|
|3. Molecular Structure and Function||39-76|
|4. Genes and Cells||77-139|
|6. The Nervous System and Behavior||175-223|
|7. The Immune System and Infectious Diseases||224-259|
|8. Evolution and Diversity||260-286|
|9. Ecology and Ecosystems||287-322|
|10. Advances in Medicine, the Biochemical Process Industry, and Animal Agriculture||323-364|
|11. Plant Biology and Agriculture||365-402|
|12. Biology Research Infrastructure and Recommendations||403-424|
|Supplementary: Plates 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5||449-450|
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