Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology


Over the last century, the modern scientific and technological revolution has brought outstanding achievements for humankind. Science and technology are clearly distinct yet closely related. Science directs technological innovation and technology accelerates the progress of science. In the field of Life Sciences, the combination of science and technology are providing unprecedented advances, with the opening of a wide range of new lines of research and the development of novel powerful technologies. As never before, advances in Life Sciences hold tremendous promise for surmounting many of the major ecological, environmental and health challenges faced by our society. For many, biology and biotechnology will define the scientific progress and the societal development in the 21st century. For this reason, there is a great need for a comprehensive and integrated literature that explore in details the various key themes concerning the development of biology and biotechnology, and how these key themes can contribute to the achievement of major national and international policy goals, such as economic growth and job creation, public health, environmental protection and sustainable development. Historically, major scientific/technological/societal challenges have always been important as drivers for innovation, economic growth, and solving social and environmental problems. The resulting scientific and technological research derived from such grand challenges can be used to turn major endeavors into opportunities and progress, with the Human Genome Project as one of the best examples. In this context, Springer launches this book series addressing grand challenges in biology and biotechnology. The series review the significant progress made so far, present cutting-edge discoveries, and discuss exciting future perspectives in key themes of Life Sciences. The final outcome of this project aims to provide detailed information on key fields of research and help leading scientists and decision-makers in government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations in their efforts to achieve national and international goals. The series is also appealing to anyone interested in life sciences and how the several themes addressed in the series will impact science and society, and help to solve major ecological, environmental or health problems.