The mood at linkurl:BIO yesterday; preceding Bill Clinton's speech felt more like a rock concert than a keynote address. In fact, I was very nearly carried away in a stampede when the conference organizers finally opened the barriers to the hall. When everyone finally got settled in, there was rapt attention during Clinton's 45-minute speech. True to form, he spoke with perfect organization, seamlessly citing statistics and facts without ever looking at notes. His theme for the day: The world is in a state of ?interdependence.? We all interact with and affect each other, he said. But currently that interdependence is out of balance, and he called on the biotechnology industry to do what they can to restore equilibrium. Some of the tasks for the biotech community: Reduce the spread of infectious disease, curb the momentum of climate change, find better sources of energy, and engineer crops that can economically...

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