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February 25, 2004

Medical Applications of BiotechnologyCall for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Deputy Editor and Dr DeAngelis is Editor-in-Chief, JAMA.

JAMA. 2004;291(8):1003. doi:10.1001/jama.291.8.1003

Dramatic advances in biotechnology are revolutionizing medical science. Recent discoveries in molecular biology, genomics, cellular and tissue engineering, new drug discovery techniques, and bioimaging hold the promise of improving medical care by enhancing diagnostic capabilities and substantially expanding therapeutic options. Over the past decade, the pace of biotechnological research has markedly accelerated, while the scope of and expenditures for the biotechnology research enterprise have increased substantially.1,2 For example, in 2001, US biotechnology companies involved with human health-related applications spent more than $15 billion on research and development.2

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