UNESCO and the Genome

In regard to the article about UNESCO,1 what was not included was the UNESCO Scientific Coordinating Committee for the Human Genome Project, which I had the honor to chair from 1988 to 2000 and which was abolished with the change of Director General. The UNESCO Scientific Coordinating Committee organized some 52 meetings and workshops. It carried out some five large South-North meetings in China, India, Mexico, Brazil and Namibia, and in combination with TWAS granted and arranged for nearly 150 fellowships, in some 28 developing countries, for training in the area of genetics in the leading countries in Europe and the United States.

Santiago Grisolia, MD
Fundación Valenciana de Es dios Avanzados
Valencia, Spain

1. S. Passman, "Back in the fold with UNESCO," The Scientist, 17[13]:18, June 30, 2003.

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