Biotechnology: Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

Search all reports

To search for an exact phrase, use quotation marks (i.e., “Earth and life”)
Showing results 1 - 5 of 16

Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead (2012)

In anticipation of future environmental science and engineering challenges and technologic advances, EPA asked the National Research Council (NRC) to assess the overall capabilities of the agency to develop, obtain, and use the best available scientific and technologic information and tools to meet persistent, emerging, and future mission challenges and opportunities. Although the committee cannot predict with certainty what new environmenta... More >>

A New Biology for the 21st Century: Ensuring the United States Leads the Coming Biology Revolution (2009)

Now more than ever, biology has the potential to contribute practical solutions to many of the major challenges confronting the United States and the world. This National Research Council report recommends that a "New Biology" approach -- one that depends on greater integration within biology, and closer collaboration with physical, computational, and earth scientists, mathematicians and engineers -- be used to find solutions to four key societa... More >>

Report in Brief

Inspired by Biology: From Molecules to Materials to Machines (2008)

Now is an exciting time at the crossroads of biology, physics, and materials science and engineering. New ways of measuring, manipulating, and computing properties of biological systems are finally uncovering the principles that govern biological systems. Three general approaches to the creation of new materials and systems are identified and described by the committee: biomimicry, bioinspiration, and bioderivation. Science opportunities ar... More >>

An Astrobiology Strategy for the Exploration of Mars (2007)

In the last decade, robotic missions to Mars have discovered strong evidence of a watery past and the possibility of atmospheric methane. In order to take advantage of these new breakthroughs, NASA's Science Mission Directorate requested development of an updated integrated astrobiology strategy for Mars exploration. The focus of the program continues to be the search for past or present life on Mars. Samples should be taken on Mars an... More >>

Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2005)

Since 1998, the volume of research being conducted using human embryonic stem (hES) cells has expanded primarily using private funds because of restrictions on the use of federal funds for such research. Given limited federal involvement, privately funded hES cell research has thus far been carried out under a patchwork of existing regulations, many of which were not designed with this research specifically in mind. In addition, hES cel... More >>