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UPDATED: 12:06, July 24, 2004
Int'l biology symposium ends in Beijing
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The 10th International Symposium of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA) ended Friday in Beijing.

More than 350 leading global bioscientists, including five Nobel laureates, discussed academic frontiers in life sciences and biotechnology during the five-day meeting.

Executive vice co-chair of the symposium, Chen Zhu, who is also vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said at a closing ceremony that the global bioscientists exchanged views on latest development in life sciences.

Together with their world counterparts, Chen said, Chinese scientists would make further contributions to world peace, stability and prosperity.

He said he hopes more and more outstanding Chinese scientists who are working overseas to carry on their research in China.

David Baltimore, a 1975 Nobel laureate in physiology, and Sidney Altman, a 1989 Nobel laureate in chemistry, delivered lectures during the meeting.

David Ho, director of the New York-based Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, and Zhong Nanshan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering who specializes in respiratory diseases, separately spoke about HIV/AIDS vaccines and research on the severe acute respiratory disease.

The five-day symposium, hosted by the SCBA, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Natural Science Foundation of China, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, will focus on genome research, gene therapy, immunity identification, neural system research and new drug development.

After the meeting, some participants are scheduled to visit a biotechnology exhibition in Shanghai on the latest technologies and products.

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