WASHINGTON, October 4 – NASA has announced a restructuring of its science organization intended to strengthen its efforts in genomics, biotechnology, and other emerging fields.

NASA's research in these disciplines was previously under the control of an office within the human spaceflight enterprise. Now, the Office of Biological and Physical Research will function as a high-level enterprise of its own.

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