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Bioscientists Slowly Bridge The Taiwan Strait

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Science  26 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5935, pp. 1629
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1629

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At a recent conference in Taipei on bioscience, the presentation by Chen Pei-Jer, a molecular virologist at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine in Taipei, attracted attention not just because of his solid work on hepatitis B but more importantly because it was one of very few reports resulting from a collaboration between scientists in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. The dearth of joint work among life scientists is puzzling because cross-strait ties in other fields are flourishing. The bottom line, researchers say, is that for various reasons, life scientists in Taiwan and the mainland just haven't had the chance to get to know each other yet, which was one of the objectives of the conference.

  • * The 12th Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America International Symposium: 14–18 June 2009.