May 15, 2001
Couric To Receive Communicators Award
History of Genetics Lecture
Kevles Discusses Issues Involving 'Patenting Life'
By Rich McManus
Masur Auditorium was transformed into one of the city's largest law
school classrooms on Apr. 17 when Dr. Daniel Kevles, a Cal Tech
professor of humanities and author who is soon to join the history
faculty at Yale University, gave the second History of Genetics
lecture, cosponsored by the DeWitt Stetten Jr. Museum of Medical
Research at NIH and NHGRI. His talk, compressing the 208 years
of patent law history that have elapsed since Thomas Jefferson
drafted the field's original dicta in 1793, concluded that ethical and
moral claims about patenting life forms "are here to stay, both in the
United States and Europe."
NHLBI To Warn Women of Heart Disease Danger
By Ann Taubenheim
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recently brought
together more than 80 leading experts on women's health and
patients to help develop a new national program to educate
American women about the dangers of heart disease.