March 6, 2001
'People' Awards Featured
Symposium Puts 'Gee' in Genome
Consortium Scientists Parse 'Book of Life'
By Rich McManus
Photos by Bill Branson
There was a time when Feb. 12 was pretty much known solely as Lincoln's
Birthday. But as of this year, you might as well start calling it G-Day as well the
day a decade of international toil led to announcement of simultaneous publication,
in both Science and Nature, of the nearly complete human genome: some 3 billion
copies of scattered A's, T's, G's and C's that, since the authors imposed a freeze
Oct. 7, 2000, for purposes of pausing to digest what they've found, resulted in a
symposium in Masur Auditorium that lasted more than 3 hours, featured eight
speakers, and updated the jam-packed crowd on newfound principles of their
own human packaging, not to mention a shared molecular past.
'Best Investment We Can Make'
By Carla Garnett
Healthcare reform and education top the agenda of the
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) this session, according to Dr.
Donna Christian-Christensen, U.S. Virgin Islands delegate to the
House of Representatives and the first female physician to serve in