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Once a manufacturing powerhouse, Puerto Rico is now keen to develop its knowledge economy. The path forward includes new academic-industry partnerships in the biotech sector and innovative research on the island’s environmental resources.
The 29th annual meeting of the AAAS Caribbean Division will convene in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 20 September.
Students hunted down bedbugs and scoured fish markets to find material for their DNA barcoding project.

BMENA Bioscience Forum – Members of Interim Executive Committee

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to announce the creation of the BMENA Bioscience Forum, and its Interim Executive Committee, forum that resulted from a workshop series funded by the U.S. Department of State and held in the broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) region.

Seven foundations have formed a coalition with the aim of increasing support for basic science among the nation’s philanthropists and foundations, Robert Conn, president of The Kavli Foundation, announced on 2 May. The group hopes to double philanthropic support in this area of U.S. science within a decade.

The rise of tuberculosis (TB) in North Korea has been swift. According to a 2012 report by the World Health Organization, reported cases went from fewer than 50 per 100,000 people in 1994 to 380 cases per 100,000 people in 2011. Today, the incidence of TB in North Korea is second only to that in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jon Cohen and Martin Enserink, veteran reporters for the journal Science, have won the American Society for Microbiology’s 2012 Public Communications Award for their in-depth article on a controversial study that linked a mouse retrovirus, XMRV, to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).