A New Biology for the 21st Century

  • AuthorBoard on Life Sciences Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
  • TitleNew Biology for the 21st Century, A
  • PublisherNational Academies Press
  • Copyright2009
  • ISBN978-0-309-14488-9

Recent advances in biology have increased the likelihood that the results of biological research can contribute to practical solutions to major challenges in the 21st century, particularly sustainable food production, ecosystem restoration, optimized biofuel production, and improved human health. The "new biology" recommended in this report is based on integrated efforts among biologists and close collaboration with physical, computational, and earth scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. To be most effective, there must be coordinated efforts to leverage resources in the federal, private, and academic sectors.