Policy ForumGenomics

Genomics and the World's Economy

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Science  14 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5379, pp. 925-926
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5379.925

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The World's largest industrial corporations are entering unprecedented mergers to generate a Life Science industry. Chemical, medical, pharmaceutical, agribusiness, health and nutrition, cosmetics, energy, and environmental companies are restructuring and merging because of the molecular-genomics revolution. As science drives massive changes in the global economy, there is a much greater need to address the public's lack of knowledge and potential market distortions.