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Pavlovsk's Hopes Hang on a Tweet

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Science  20 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5994, pp. 899
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5994.899

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Scientists trying to save a unique gene bank of thousands of fruit and berry crops in Russia have taken heart from a surprise intervention last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. He sent out a "tweet" from his Twitter account saying that he wants to review a court decision that threatens to destroy the collection. Medvedev's note came amid an international campaign to rescue the Pavlovsk Experimental Station of the N. I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry near St. Petersburg, whose lands have been approved for bulldozing by property developers.