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Panel Calls for Science-Savvy Diplomats

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Science  25 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5385, pp. 1937-1939
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5385.1937

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Last week an unusually fast-moving National Academy of Sciences panel offered the U.S. State Department some plain-spoken suggestions for improving the quality of the scientific advice available to makers of foreign policy. Although government officials say they welcome the input, many observers are skeptical that it will lead to significant changes. The interim report is the latest in a long line of well-meaning but often ignored reports aimed at helping the department cope with a growing array of technology-based issues, ranging from bioterrorism to biotechnology.