Summary: H.R.4502 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House amended, Part I (09/28/1988)

(Reported to House from the Committee on Science, Space and Technology with amendment, H. Rept. 100-993 (Part I))

Biotechnology Science Coordinating and Competitiveness Act of 1988 - Title I: National Center for Biotechnology Information - Amends title IV (National Research Institutes) of the Public Health Service Act to establish in the National Library of Medicine the National Center for Biotechnology Information to focus and expand the collection, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of the results of biotechnology research by information systems and to support the development of new information technologies regarding the molecular processes that control health and disease. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1989 through 1993.

Title II: National Biotechnology Policy Commission - Establishes in the executive branch a National Biotechnology Policy Commission to develop a national strategy which increases U.S. competitiveness in biotechnology through such means as strengthening cooperation between the Government and the private sector. Sets forth reporting requirements. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1989 through 1993.

Title III: Human Genome Research and Development - Establishes a National Advisory Panel on the Human Genome to advise the Commission and the Task Force established by this Act on matters concerning the mapping and sequencing of the humane genome. Sets forth reporting requirements.

Establishes an Interagency Task Force, to consist of the Secretary of Energy, the Director of the National Science Foundation, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to: (1) coordinate national activities regarding the construction of maps of human chromosomes and DNA of other organisms; (2) coordinate the development of new tools to analyze DNA; and (3) determine what actions are appropriate in light of the recommendations made by the Panel. Sets forth reporting requirements.