If you've attended or heard about a New England town meeting, you'll have a good idea of what the Opinion section of THE SCIENTIST is all about. In these pages, you'll find an open forum for addressing the members of your community-the scientific community-on the issues of the day.
In letters to the editor and in opinion articles by scientists and by policy-makers in science, these pages will resound with high-energy debate between professionals. Their opinions-informed, closely considered, imbued with knowledge formed by experience-will range over a diversity of subjects affecting the world of science.
We invite you to bring us your viewpoints and concerns about the practice of science in the university, in industry, and in government. Send us your opinions on the subjects you care about, those that you believe cry out for discussion. We will continue to invite the contribution of a particular scientist or...