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Number 35
October 2002

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    News in Brief, Publications, New on the Web
     
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Feature Biotechnology in Europe
   
  The revolution revs up
  The crazy decade of sequencing
Yeast, the Bacillus subtilis bacteria, the Arabidopsis thaliana plant, mice... and then man - the sequencing adventure is only just beginning and the life sciences are entering the age of genomics.
  The age of the researcher-entrepreneur
The 'cultural revolution' of the scientist business manager.
  Investors in the long term
The increase in venture capital and the development of new stock markets are bringing interesting new opportunities for Europe's young high-tech companies.
  A wealth of start-ups
Record growth for biotechnology.
  Decision time for the Union
The Life sciences and biotechnology action plan.
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  Graphic element Marine biodiversity
The lilliputians of the plankton world
In the ocean depths, miniscule micro-organisms play a vital role in the world's major ecosystems.
   
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  Graphic element Sustainable development
Revealing the hidden costs of energy
'Externalities' count the cost of the 'collateral' requirements, particularly in the field of health and the environment, which must be taken into account when calculating the price per kWh.
   
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  Graphic element Space applications
On Earth as in the Heavens
Specialised incubators are networking to enable innovative SMEs to 'translate' the advances in space research into high-tech applications in other fields.
   
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  Graphic element Portrait
The beauty of theory
A conversation with Gerard 't Hooft, 1999 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
   
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  Graphic element Poverty-related diseases
Aids, malaria, tuberculosis: an urgent clinical counter-attack in Africa
Poverty engenders disease which in turn generates further poverty. The fight against the spiral of distress afflicting sub-Saharan Africa includes an urgent need for clinical research.
   
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  Graphic element Women and science
Equal skills for an equal career?
About 30 countries came under the microscope when the Helsinki Group studied policies, good practices and statistics on the gender balance.
   
   
Dossier Cool and steel research
   
  Far from finished
Post ECSC.
  The quest for clean coal
Research on the clean burning of coal – a safe energy source in abundant supply – is a key element in European strategy.
  Steel has a tough life
As producer of 20% of the world's steel, the EU is market leader.
  A marriage of increased productivity and environmental improvements
A durable and recyclable material, steel has reduced its CO2 emissions by 50% as researchers pursue the 'zero waste' target.
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