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Sustainable Sciences Institute

Sustainable Sciences Institute is a non-profit organization that develops scientific capacity to address public health needs worldwide.

With the help of interested colleagues at the U. of California, Berkeley, the President of the Board of SSI, Eva Harris, began organizing a series of in-country workshops to teach scientists in developing countries the theory and practice of molecular biology techniques - such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) - that could be appropriately applied to local infectious disease problems. These efforts evolved into the Applied Molecular Biology/Appropriate Technology Transfer (AMB/ATT) Program, and eventually, the SSI.

In 1999 the SSI was founded, initiated a Small Grants Program, co-sponsored a technology transfer workshop in Guatemala, and established a volunteer network. Year 2000 goals include: a hepatitis C conference in Egypt, the launch of online interactive material aid and consultant databases, and funding 10 infectious disease research projects initiated by investigators in developing countries.

The website ( contains information about SSI's history, ethical principles, programs, collaborators, and a comprehensive list of online scientific resources.

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