life science


Definition of life science

: a branch of science (such as biology, medicine, and sometimes anthropology or sociology) that deals with living organisms and life processes usually used in plural

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Google parent company Alphabet has a dedicated life sciences research subsidiary called Verily and a life extension effort known as Calico, both of which stand to benefit from easier access to wider health data sets and research results. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple might help bring veterans’ medical records into the modern era," 21 Nov. 2018 The drugmaker took a €20 million hit in its life science business in the quarter ended June 30, part of which stemmed from the integration of Sigma’s production networks. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Germany’s Merck Boosts Hedges Against Currency Gyrations," 10 Aug. 2018 Daniel founded and runs the Exponential Medicine Conference, which is one of the largest cross-disciplinary gatherings of life science researchers and innovators. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Teaching AI to diagnose patient health risks," 24 July 2018 Laser tweezers are now a laboratory standard in the life sciences. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "2018 physics Nobel Prize honors 3, including first woman in 55 years," 2 Oct. 2018 The life science real estate company posted revenue of $325 million in the period. Fox News, "Alexandria Real Estate Equities: 2Q Earnings Snapshot," 31 July 2018 New research has revived one of the longest standing, and biologically fundamental, debates in the life sciences: Is there a set limit to how long humans can live? Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Is There a Limit to How Long Humans Can Live? A New Study Suggests There Isn't," 2 July 2018 Baker, speaking at the BIO International Convention at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, also plugged about $20 million in new tax incentives for 23 life sciences companies. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey,, "Baker reaffirms his support for state spending on biotech," 5 June 2018 Fanlo’s departure wasn’t announced at the time, but was reported Friday by the life science publication Fierce Biotech. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Human Longevity names interim CEO," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of life science

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of life science was in 1941

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English Language Learners Definition of life science

: an area of science that deals with living things and life processes

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Medical Definition of life science

: a branch of science (as biology and medicine) that deals with living organisms and life processes usually used in plural

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