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By David Wexler

A Harvard freshman is organizing an undergraduate scientific journal to start publication in April 1978.

Daniel M. Becker '80 said yesterday the journal will print articles written by undergraduates and also report scientific news. The magazine will also publish articles on the role of science in the community, he said. These would include stories on the recombinant DNA controversy and the banning of carcinogens such as saccharin.

"The journal will not serve just to publish papers. It will be for the reader and not the writer," Becker said.

The major problems in founding the magazine are finding the money to publish the first issue and recruiting a staff committed enough to put in the needed time, Becker said.

Becker said he decided to form the journal to give Harvard a magazine similar to the Yale Scientific, the only undergraduate science journal in the country.

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