Today's science depends on teamwork as experts from many fields come together. North Carolina's business leaders, government officials, and scientists started working together decades ago, and the results appear in the state's already powerful and continually growing science community. This section explores the history behind North Carolina's commitment to science, including the creation in 1959 of the 7,000 acre Research Triangle Park roughly in the center of the state. A quarter century later, the state founded the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, which supports and invests in projects from the Carolina coast to the Blue Ridge mountains.

Such interactions between science and society depend on strong government support. As described in an article beginning on here, three North Carolina governors - Jim Hunt, Jim Martin, and Mike Easley - worked one after the other to push the state's scientific capabilities. In fact, these three men combine forces today...

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