Roundup 10/13: Embracing Diversity Edition

Scientists and policymakers are meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, this week as part of the international DIVERSITAS program of biodiversity science.

300 farmers in 60 locations across Benin have signed up as part of a program supported by the Canadian government to test and implement new farming strategies to cope with the effects of climate change.

As scientists urge the public to get shots against swine flu, voices on the political right and left are telling the public, for different reasons, not to take the vaccine.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has attacked a federal panel's recommendations that genetic tests for diseases such as cancer should not be protected under patent law, … and the American Intellectual Property Law Association meets this week in Washington, D.C.

William Brown, former director of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been named president of the Woods Hole Research Center.

The Institute of Medicine yesterday announced 65 new members and 5 new foreign associates. Most are prominent researchers in biomedicine and health, but the list also includes at least two attorneys and a health journalist.

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