NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council said it will spend the next five years promoting basic research and increased development of bioinformatics and systems biology, among initiatives envisioned as part of a revised three-prong life sciences strategy unveiled today.

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