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Patent rules should include a defence against monopolies
17 June 1999 (Nature Vol. 399, page 619)

Although resentment persists against the patenting of genetic knowledge, the breadth of such patenting is of more urgent concern. The time is right for serious political scrutiny of the issue at a global level.

A cause worth funding
1 April 1999 (Nature Vol. 398, page 353)

A German synchrotron would be good for the Middle East.

GM foods debate needs a recipe for restoring trust
22 April (Nature Vol. 398, page 639)

The soundest possible science must underlie any effort to regulate genetically modified foods. But regulations must also acknowledge uncertainty -- and incorporate trust in the judgement of the consumer.

Pulling together in Latin America
1 April 1999 (Nature Vol. 398, page 353)

Greater pan-regional scientific collaboration could raise Latin American science to a higher level of excellence.

WHO steps closer to its responsibilities
18 March 1999 (Nature Vol. 398, page 175)

Developments in biomedical research give rise to ethical dilemmas and public controversy around the world. New guidelines reflect the WHO's need to strengthen its role in helping governments and others address the issues.

Rewriting the rules for a post-Cold War world
26 November 1998 (Nature, Vol. 396, page 291)

The World Conference on Science will be a unique chance to reassess the dynamics of international scientific cooperation and address the challenges it currently faces. This opportunity must not be squandered.

Promises and threats of the knowledge-based economy
7 January 1999 (Nature, Vol. 397, page 1)

The need to place scientific knowledge at the heart of economic and social policy has underlined some of the limitations of focussing on trade liberalization. Developing countries should be a prime beneficiary

Urgent thinking required about development
8 October 1998 (Nature Vol. 395, page 527)

A report from the World Bank has highlighted the dangers of a growing knowledge gap between rich and poor nations. The issue needs to be placed at the heart of development aid strategies

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