During the last 25 years,
the rapidly expanding area of Biotechnology has had a profound social
impact, which is expected to increase further in forthcoming years. Its
broad applications in many diverse aspects of agriculture, medicine, industry
and trade has forced the implementation of biosafety and environmental
regulations. Moreover, the general public is faced continuously to make
decisions related with biotechnology.
In this way, Biotechnology is revealing itself as
an area of knowledge which must be opened to the public. In order
to make information available and appealing to a broader public EJB
Electronic Journal of Biotechnology is working towards
a new concept of scientific communication, called BIP or Biotechnology
in Public, which is a shorter version of the scientific paper, written
by the author after the manuscript has been accepted for publication
in EJB Electronic
Journal of Biotechnology.