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July 1, 2009   
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As part of our series of reports on Poland's technological growth, in this issue of The Polish Science Voice we look at the track record of a research and development consortium called the Polish Technology Platform for Opto- and Nano-electronics.

Companies and institutions working as part of this consortium take credit for developing a number of modern devices and technologies for both civilian and military use. These include an innovative radar reconnaissance station, hi-tech lasers, switches, sensors and medical systems.

For example, the MUR-20 Breń-R electronic reconnaissance station, developed at the Institute of Applied Optics and the Telecommunications Research Institute, is one of just a few devices of its kind in the world. Its specifications are comparable to those of designs offered by leading global producers. The armed forces of the United States, Russia, Germany, Britain, France and Israel use similar equipment.

Active Guard, another modern design developed by the Polish Technology Platform for Opto- and Nano-electronics, is a universal communication and security system that works with monitoring systems used for guarding buildings, shipments and cargo. The system can also be used in warehouses to identify pallets and containers, at machine repair workshops, and for guarding airports, harbors and similar facilities.

The consortium has also developed a range of cutting-edge electronic systems based on fiber lasers and what are called Hall-effect sensors.

Such technology sounds as if it came from the future, but it is happening now because the Polish Technology Platform for Opto- and Nano-electronics has successfully combined science, technology and business to develop state-of-the-art products that meet top international standards.

In another regular column, molecular geneticist Prof. Michał Witt, a special guest of this issue of The Polish Science Voice, argues that genetic testing needs to be urgently regulated by law in Poland. Witt, who works at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw and at the Institute of Human Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań, came up with the idea for a Polish-British Molecular Genetics Forum that was held in Warsaw in early June by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the British embassy. The conference attracted geneticists and lawyers from Poland and other European countries. Topics included plans for developing a national "biobank" and legislation concerning molecular genetic tests in Poland. The participants took part in Polish-British biobanking workshops and in a conference entitled "Challenges of Molecular Genetic Testing in Poland-Proposals for Regulations."

As usual, this issue of The Polish Science Voice also reports on the latest developments in Polish science and on how Polish technology is making a name for itself abroad.
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