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Science is often at the mercy of governmental policies that can advance or hinder research and drug development.

In this presidential election year, the scientific community has renewed the debate over the relationship between government and science, and two University of California, San Diego events set for Wednesday will focus on the issue.

Part of an ongoing series of free community forums, the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology — also known as the Ethics Center — and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park are co-sponsoring a panel on politics in science.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Oct. 1 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Grappling with the same topic is Donald Kennedy’s free lecture entitled, “Where Science and Policy Converge,” scheduled for 7 p.m., Oct. 1 at the Institute of Americas auditorium.

Kennedy, a biologist, is president emeritus of Stanford University, a former commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration and former editor-in-chief for Science, the international journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

DARRYN BENNETT

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