By James M. Tiedje, Todd O. Stevens (auth.), Gilbert S. Omenn (eds.)

Gilbert S. Omenn Dean, college of Public wellbeing and fitness and neighborhood drugs collage of Washington Seattle, Washington 98195 On behalf of the college of Washington , town of Seattle, the guidance Committee, and the sponsoring corporations, enterprises, and organ­ izations, I welcome you. \Ve all anticipate this convention to stimulate additional what's changing into an immense software of biotechnology in a space within which our society reviews huge frustration and gloom: the administration of damaging wastes. it truly is an all-too-frequent chorus that know-how has its merits and its hazards. To many--in the lay pUblic, at least--the harmful concept has taken carry that we're able to developing difficulties yet are much less able to find suggestions. Chemical streams from undefined, agriculture, municipal operations, and loved ones operations have infected groundwater, consuming water, and soils, and feature undermined the productiveness of agri­ tradition and the standard of lifestyles. meanwhile, notwithstanding, we have now im­ proved our caliber of existence in immeasurable methods via a few comparable advancements. The problem is to proceed the improvements whereas editing or fighting the damage.

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