Situation in Europe and the World: Nanotechnology and Scientific Policy. Action of UN Agencies in Developing Countries

  • Shamila Nair-BedouelleEmail author


The modern long-term economy is based on scientific progress and the subsequent technological achievements. Without this, the world would be the same as it was centuries ago, with populations living on the edge of survival, spending most of their time in search of food. Technology provides a way for societies to fight disease, to improve crop yields, to create new energy sources, to spread information, to favour the transport of goods and people, and much more!


Millennium Development Goal Technological Capability Genetically Modify Organism Genetically Modify Organism Improve Crop Yield 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INSERMParisFrance

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