NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –The UK life sciences government funding agency is currently mapping the research areas it will focus on over the next five years, and now seeks input from interested stakeholders who want to comment on what should be its priorities.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has proposed three high-level strategic priorities for its 2010 and 2015 plans, including bioscience for health, bioenergy and biorenewables, and food security.

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