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Sir Joseph Rotblat, Noble Laureate, Anti-Nuclear Weapons Advocate Dies

Anti-nuclear weapons advocate Joseph Rotblat, 1995 Nobel Peace Prize winner, physicist and leader of the Pugwash scientific conferences, passed away at the age of 96 on August 31, 2005. RotblatĂ­s diplomatic-scientific work help lay the groundwork for many test ban treaties, including the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972, and the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972.

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Syngenta Files To Patent Rice Genes

“With these patents Syngenta is claiming the
work of breeders and farmers from the past centuries as the company’s own invention. The attempt to monopolize thousands of gene sequences from most important crop plants in one rush is nothing less than a theft of common goods,” says Tina Goethe from Swissaid. “Not to mention the fact that these patents could block future research to a large extent.”

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