Your People item on "yellow rain" researcher Matthew Meselson (The Scientist, March 5, 1990, page 27) correctly points out that Meselson was recently awarded the 1990 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award by AAAS. I believe that Meselson is fortunate that the Cambodians were not voters for this award! Scientists as a group have had a sorry record in giving assistance to their Eastern European colleagues who have finally broken the Red Plague. The record of organized science in speaking out about despotism in the Far East is little better. This year's award does little to improve that image.

Division of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
University of California
San Diego

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