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July 21, 1989

Nobelists Emphasize Interdependence in Global Science and Technology

JAMA. 1989;262(3):325-326. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430030013004

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SCIENCE IS much the same the world over and scientists always have been dependent on each other's work—facts that are only beginning to reach the general consciousness as a result of recent technological advances. Joshua Lederberg, PhD, president of Rockefeller University, New York City, a recipient of the 1958 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, struck this theme at St Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa, while summarizing the Bicentennial Conference on Global Interdependence in Science, Medicine, and Technology in an Era of Cooperation and Competition.

The university joined institutions and corporations in the Philadelphia area in sponsoring the conference as a tribute to the Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden. Lederberg sought in his speech to present an "agenda for interdependence in the world of science," stressing the importance of scientific responsibility in an era of improved communications and greater public interest in science. Half the speakers at the 2-day conference dealt