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Just at the end of the 106th Congress, after a contentious period of gestation, President Clinton signed into law a piece of legislation with potential impact on computational scientists in medicine and biology. The law establishes a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, which will bring together basic research in biomedical imaging and bioengineering, including related areas of computer science, at the National Institutes of Health. The NIBIB will emphasize technology development-in contrast to the NIH and other government agencies' existing emphasis on biomedical applications (which are related to specific diseases and organ systems)--but brings no immediate infusion of new money into the field.

D. I. Lewin, "Congress Gives Bioimaging, Bioengineering Half a Boost," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 3, no. , pp. 8-11, 2001.
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