NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A White House-appointed panel said today that if the US is to continue to be the global leader in technology and innovation then the federal government needs to take actions to keep it that way, by spending more on basic research, encouraging more industry investments in R&D, and taking a more active role in making research universities hubs for the "innovation ecosystem."

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