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"Life is ancient, grounded in the physics, chemistry, and evolutionary biology of earth. In contrast, today's biotechnology marshals new ideas and techniques with the potential to reshape the planet and now, life itself.
The historical development of biomedical technology, the fusion of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles, is deeply entwined with centuries of advances in medicine. Modern biotechnology is also unquestionably, a rapidly expanding field that promises important and rewarding work for generations of students. The problems facing the world in fighting hunger, pollution, and disease cry out for innovative scientific solutions. Accordingly, for many, biotechnology is a beacon toward engineering solutions, but for some, the manipulation of life offers a Siren song of peril." (continued) -- K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, eds. Cambridge, Mass. December, 2011.