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View Resource Bioremediation Discussion Group

Bioremediation deals with "the use of living organisms to reduce or eliminate environmental hazards resulting from accumulations of toxic chemicals and other hazardous wastes." Created by GZA GeoEnvironmental, the BioRemediation Discussion Group encourages scientists, researchers, and others to share knowledge and ideas regarding bioremediation practices and technologies. Users may join the...

http://www.bioremediationgroup.org/
View Resource Genetically Modified Pest Protected Plants

Released on April 5, this widely anticipated report on genetically modified foods from a twelve-member panel of the National Research Council, part of the US National Academy of Sciences, offers a cautious endorsement of biotech foods, but also calls for more oversight and regulation. Focusing only on plants that have been genetically engineered to produce their own pesticides, the report finds no...

https://www.nap.edu/catalog/9795/genetically-modified-pest-p...
View Resource The Global Technology Revolution: Bio/Nano/Materials Trends and Their Synergies with Information Technology by 2015

This report, written by RAND for the National Intelligence Council, examines the implications of the revolutions in biotechnology and information technology and the challenges and questions likely to be raised in these fields between now and 2015. The report is offered in both .html and .pdf formats.

https://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1307.html
View Resource A Practical Guide to Containment: Plant Biosafety in Research Greenhouses

This publication that can be viewed either online or in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format is new from Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB), part of the US Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. ISB's goal is to provide "a balanced view of the potential benefits and concerns" of agricultural biotechnology. This 60-page guide is intended as a...

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/biotechnology/perm...
View Resource About NCBI

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has had a Web site for some time now, but the site has recently become more user-friendly with this new About section. About NCBI explains NCBI's role in facilitating research and education specific to the "fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease." An introduction to NCBI databases and maps helps...

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/
View Resource Nanobiotechnology Center

Established in January 2000, the Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) is a consortium of several major universities that is headed by Cornell University. Despite being so new, the NBTC has already made many important advances in this area of research. This brochure starts with a good introduction to the principles and uses of nanobiotechnology, and then gives a brief synopsis of the center's work. Some...

https://www.nbtc.cornell.edu/
View Resource Bio.com

Self-described as "the most reliable and up-to-date information resource for those working in the life sciences and associated industries," Bio.com brings together in one Web site daily news, information, and research tools geared mostly toward biotechnology. The Web site provides "live panel discussions and one-on-one interviews with leading scientists representing the diversity of research in...

http://www.biography.com
View Resource Dolly the Sheep

Dolly, the world's first animal to be cloned from an adult cell, was put down February 14, 2003, due to a tumor in the lung. Her death has drawn increased attention to how little we really know about the potential health problems associated with genetic cloning. The journal Nature offers a special Web focus on "the life of this extraordinary sheep," including current and archived news articles and...

http://www.nature.com/nature/dolly/index.html?foxtrotcallbac...
View Resource Biotechnology Risk Assessment Data: Facts and Conclusions

This Web site from the University of Florida and the US Department of Agriculture is "designed to help provide answers to these questions and necessary background information to understand the process of gene engineering and the available data relating to the safety of GMOs and the risk assessment questions asked." In the Just for Teachers section, users will find detailed fact sheets on a range...

http://www.riskassess.org/
View Resource Biologically-Inspired Technology

A Web site from Michigan State University (1) is a useful starting point for learning about biologically inspired technologies. In addition to briefly discussing the natural processes that are most commonly studied in the development of such technologies, there is a large collection of links to other research efforts and related material. The Ant Colony Optimization project (2) uses the behavior...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/nsdl/met/2003/0704
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