I have read the report from Professor Giorgio Bernardi on the activities of COGENE from 1989 through 1991 and now send you
It was gratifying, as one of those who attended the original planning meeting for the establishment of COGENE in 1976 to see
that the organization continues to fill an important niche in the biological community. This has been a successful international
effort, marked by excellent scientific quality and collegiality. Most happily, COGENE has been free of the political issues
that have diminished the effectiveness of HUGO. To a large extent this is because of the serious purpose of COGENE members
and the fact that COGENE exists within the context of ICSU.
The report indicates that COGENE is keeping up with developments in biology and, in particular, attending to its charge to
consider a variety of the implications of recombinant DNA experiments. The expansion of these implications that have accompanied
the rapid progress of molecular genetics have been a challenge, yet we find COGENE addressing current topics in an effective
way at its round tables and symposia. Even more impressive is the COGENE commitment to bring the most modern techniques to
developing countries. Carrying out theoretical and practical courses in places remote from the world centers of research
is a difficult task. COGENE never shirks from this, in spite of the difficulties, and has been an effective instructor.
The only suggestion that I would like to make for future reports is to ask that evaluations from students in the courses be
provided, or at least summaries, so that the future review panels have an independent assessment of the courses.