Police were out in force at Monday's conference, is partreacting to reports that up to 8,000 protesters could take part ina "Biodevastation 2001" counter-event opposing the industry's rolein genetically altered food, cloning and other ethically chargedissues.

A handful of protesters did show up, but their demonstrationswere orderly. Downtown building owners had feared protesters woulddisrupt commerce and activity through the area.

President Bush delivered a taped greeting in which he called fora permanent tax break for investments in research and development,which drew support from the crowd.

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