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Science  28 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5308, pp. 1861-1865
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5308.1861

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Readers offer views on a number of topics: “[R]esidents of Alaska will find … benefits” from a “world-class” ionosphere research facility (below); publishing raw genetic sequences will “not likely” thwart the patenting and commercialization of gene products; to avoid “victimization” of unknowing authors, journals should insist that coauthors consult one another before their names appear on a paper; the challenge of predicting the “behavior of ecological systems” should be “tackled vigorously”; “flexible funds” should be made available to medical schools for the “support [of] their academic objectives”; and international support for the “biodiversity information associated with natural history museum collections” should be made more widely available.