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Science should be prominent in U.S. foreign policy

From the August 2, 2008 issue of Science News

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6:07pm, July 18, 2008

On May 28, the World Science Summit held in New York City convened an assembly of prominent scientists to discuss some of the critical issues at the interface between science and society. One of the panel discussions at the summit addressed the topic of the role of science in foreign affairs. Among the participants were Harold Varmus, former director of the National Institutes of Health and now president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York; David Baltimore, former president of Caltech and Rockefeller University in New York; and Nina Fedoroff, a plant geneticist who is the science adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Excerpts from their comments follow below.

Varmus: A component of my life is devoted to trying to make science a more global activity to address many of the unsolved problems that we’ve been hearing about.… Energy or food or water or health, every domain of activity, regionall

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