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May 23, 2000


2 contributions


Subj: Question for the list serve
Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 8:53:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: "Dan Holman"

I continue to see references to a tomato that is said to contain a
frost-resistant gene from a flounder. Does anyone know if this tomato
product actually exists? If it does exist, who developed it? Has it been
federally approved? Is it being marketed? If it does not exist, how did
the rumor get started? Any info would be appreciated.

Subj: Re: Global science
Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 4:43:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Calestous_Juma/FS/KSG@ksg.harvard.edu

Date: May 15, 2000
Contacts: Susan Turner-Lowe, Executive Director,
Office of News and Public Information, and
Mark Chesnek, Media Relations Assistant
(202) 334-2138; e-mail news@nas.edu
In Tokyo: Tel. (81-3) 3265-1111


World Science Academies Announce Creation of New International Body to
Address Issues of Global Concern

TOKYO -- A group of science academies from around the world today
announced the
creation of a new organization to address issues of international concern
-- from food security to the control of emerging infectious diseases.

The InterAcademy Council (IAC), to be headquartered at the Royal
Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, will bring groups
of scientists, engineers, and medical experts together to help advise
international bodies such as the United Nations and the World Bank.

"While it is widely recognized that science and technology have made
importantcontributions to society, the burgeoning threats to global
sustainability call on the world's scientific community to do more," said
P.N. Tandon, co-chair ofthe InterAcademy Panel on International Issues
(IAP), the group that established
the new council. "This new organization will bring the world's scientific
resources to bear on a range of important issues now confronting us all."

The new council will function as a formal advisory body, funded on a
project-by-project basis by international agencies. When the IAC receives
a project request, it will assemble an expert panel to study the issue at
hand; panel members will serve on a voluntary basis, without compensation.
Each study
panel will prepare a report of its findings, conclusions, and
recommendations,and following peer-review of the manuscript, the report
will be released to the funding agencies and the public.

The complex issues confronting the international community "demand a bold
vision for action involving a wide array of international, national, and
local institutions," said Kofi Annan, U.N. secretary-general, in a May 14
statement applauding creation of the IAC. "I welcome your initiative to
create an InterAcademy Council for providing advisory studies and reports
on issues of concern to the United Nations system and other international

Also established today was the council's governing board, with
representativesfrom Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan,
Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Third World Academy of
Sciences, the United Kingdom, and United States. Board terms will run for
five years. Election of board co-chairs will take place later this week.

InterAcademy Panel on International Issues*
Steering Committee

Armenian Academy of Sciences
Academy of Sciences of Bolivia
Brazilian Academy of Sciences
Royal Society of Canada
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Caribbean Academy of Sciences
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of the Arab Republic of
French Academy of Sciences
Union of German Academies
Indian National Science Academy
Academy of Sciences of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Kenya National Academy of Sciences
Mexican Academy of Sciences
Nigerian Academy of Sciences
Polish Academy of Sciences
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Third World Academy of Sciences
Royal Society of London
U.S. National Academy of Sciences


F. Sherwood Rowland
Foreign Secretary, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

P.N. Tandon
Former president, Indian National Science Academy

*The IAP is a consortium of 80 national science academies that meet
periodically to examine emerging issues of global concern. This year's
meeting, with representatives from about 50 science academies, is
examining global sustainability issues -- from population and health, to
consumption patterns, energy use, and the continued availability of fresh
water resources.