Making One World of Science

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Science  24 Oct 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5901, pp. 505
DOI: 10.1126/science.1166199

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TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, celebrates its 25th anniversary in Mexico City next month. When the academy was first established, a great divide existed between the science-rich North and the science-poor South. A quarter-century later, advances in biology, materials science, and information and communications technologies, among other fields, have further split the global scientific community into three worlds: the North, the surging South, and the stagnant South. The global community now faces the critical challenge of preventing lagging countries from falling even farther behind.