Author Affiliations: Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Deputy Editor and Dr DeAngelis is Editor-in-Chief, JAMA.
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
Fontanarosa PB, DeAngelis CD. Medical Applications of BiotechnologyCall for Papers. JAMA. 2004;291(8):1003. doi:10.1001/jama.291.8.1003