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C. A New Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology

Narrator: This is Science Today. The National Science Foundation, along with ten scientific research institutions nationwide, has announced the formation of a new biophotonics center. The center will apply state-of-the-art optical tools to biology and medicine. Jay Groves, a University of California, Berkeley chemistry professor, is one of the principle investigators with the center and says this effort will strengthen the biomedical community at large.

Groves: Most of the research being done are all cutting edge areas of where optics is converging with biomedical applications.

Narrator: Besides improving laboratory technologies, Groves says the center represents an exciting collaboration across fields.

Groves: It's support for equipment and students that work on these projects, but more importantly than that, it's linking people together who have this expertise in photonics and optics, but are studying biomedical problems, into a much larger community.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.