Uncle Sam: Scientist  pg. 8

“I’m hopeful that the collapse of the U.S. financial industry will make it clear to the leadership and to the American public that science and technology have been and must be the source of our future economic health,” says Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF and past president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., is hopeful that the global community of scientists can be the catalyst for “peace among nations.”
Tom Kochel
During his tenure at the NAS, Alberts joined a chorus of scientific voices that called for raw data from the newly sequenced human genome to be released into the public domain. The data “should be made freely available to scientists everywhere in order to promote discoveries that will reduce the burden of disease, improve health around the world, and enhance the quality of life for all humankind,” he said at the time.

Alberts and others realized that they could best serve the greater good by sharing the newfound information rather than hoarding it. And such has been the case. Releasing the human genome map to the world has launched new exploration into human genetics and into targeted therapies for treating individual patients.

“The scientific community may still be the only truly global community,” says Bishop, UCSF’s chancellor. “And one of the greatest satisfactions for me is being a part of that community – a community that is by and large unselfish, by and large sharing. One where we’re working towards a common purpose across nations, one in which we’re speaking the same language, not only linguistically, but in terms of ethos and ambition.”

Bishop concedes that his view is optimistic. “But (we) believe that since science is the strongest and most cohesive global community in the world, it can be the catalyst for international cooperation and peace among nations.”

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