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June 3rd, 2007
Technology is about taking risks. Government bureaucracy is about avoiding mistakes. The mismatch between the two is creating a funding squeeze that could undermine America's dominance of the new technologies that will be crucial to the nation's security in the 21st century.
That was the disturbing consensus among a group of the nation's leading scientists who gathered here last week to discuss the converging technologies -- biology, information technology, nanotechnology, robotics -- that are transforming the life sciences. The conference was sponsored by the Highlands Forum, a Pentagon-funded group that brings together defense officials, scientists and analysts for regular discussions.
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