The past decade or so has seen the majority of biology texts rewritten. The reason is the huge development biology has witnessed over this period, from molecular biology to community ecology. Entire base sequences for living organisms have already been determined, from humans to many other different species, so biology in the 21st Century is shaping up to enter yet another new era. As a result, modern society is facing a number of biological issues, from micro issues including gene therapy and transgenic crops to macro issues including global warming and biodiversity. The Department of Biology aims to foster talented individuals able to contribute to the advancement of biology and to respond to a wide range of related social issues.