WASHINGTON--To meet the biomedical field's increasing demands for skilled computational biologists, an advisory panel submitted a report this month urging the US National Institutes of Health to establish a national network of bioinformatics research and education centers. The report, the "Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative," was presented June 3 by a working group on biomedical computing to the institutes' chief, Harold Varmus, who reportedly commented that it was "excellent" and "painstakingly done."

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