Feeding the world was made possible by genetic science – we cannot stop now

W hen the Ethiopian famine finally ended in 1985, with a million people dead, nobody expected it to be the last great famine for more than three decades. In defiance of almost all predictions, mass famine has almost entirely vanished from the face of the earth as a cause of death, North Korea excepted. In … Read more

Let’s support Russian scientists – at the expense of Russian science

In the 1930s, thousands of scientists lost their jobs in Germany merely for being Jewish or opposing the Nazi regime. For Germany, however, this proved a spectacular own goal. Adolf Hitler declared that he would rid universities of Jews even if it meant “the annihilation of contemporary German science”. As it turned out, this was … Read more