Life Sciences' Harvest Of Hopes

It has been over three decades since the Green Revolution brought much of the world back from the brink of famine. Doubling and tripling rice and grain yields ended the spectre of starvation for millions and fed the growing appetites of tens of millions of new middle-class consumers in Asia and Latin America. Now a second Green Revolution is under way, sparked by changes in biotechnology that promise qualitative as well as quantitative improvements in crops. Breakthroughs in genetics are producing cancer-fighting tomatoes and blue-fiber cotton, not to mention disease-resistant corn. So dramatic are the changes that biotechnology, agriculture, food, and drugs are merging to form a new field--life sciences.

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