Science Literacy

ISB Symposium: Not Just for Grownups

April 24, 2012

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(Tom Massey and his daughter, Alexis.)

How do you keep a 12 year old who learned Arabic in fourth grade “because it sounds exotic” engaged? That question has kept me and my wife on a circuitous journey to educate our daughter, Alexis. Our basic philosophy is to anchor her to a stable core of a few activities while having a continuous stream of “new things” in her orbit. Once every few years, a core activity might be traded up. 

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Lee Hood on NOVA on March 28

March 28, 2012

We are eager to watch the NOVA documentary tonight on PBS called "Cracking Your Genetic Code." Lee Hood is one of the featured experts. The producer, Sarah Holt, began with a series of phone interviews late last summer before interviewing Lee on camera in her Boston studio.

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Genome Ethics

March 28, 2012

The Health and Human Service human research regulations are being revised. Scientists' input on whole genome sequencing data may shape the future of research. It's great that the article below says that change is "imminent."

Here's an article that describes the issue:

DNA Mapped in a Day Prompts U.S. Review of Genome Ethics

And here's a document from the Department of Health and Human Services:

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Our Genomes, Our Selves

March 20, 2012

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(From Dr. David Whitcomb, University of Pittsburgh.)

Every once in a while, different components of a research problem come together at just the right time. One lives for, and savors, these occasions. One of my favorite examples is the discovery of the genetic variant that causes hereditary pancreatitis.

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