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Scientists reach from the bench to the clinic to far-away planets as they explore the fabric of life and apply what they are learning. Includes: the Human Genome Project, astrobiology, classical genetics, sequencing, basic research, animal research, stem cells, clinical trials, funding issues, toxicogenomics, pharmacogenomics, gene-environment interactions, international, academia, systems biology, and the history of these areas.

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Book Chapters

Clairvoyance and Caution: Repercussions from the Human Genome Project, Nancy Wexler , The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project, Cambridge, Mass., p.x, 397 p., (1992)
Nancy Wexler discusses the search for the Huntington's disease gene and the problems of undergoing a predictive test when no prevention or cure is available.

Journal Articles

Potential Biohazards of Recombinant DNA Molecules, Paul Berg , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 07/1974, Volume 71, Number 7, p.2593-4, (1974)
This original call for a moratorium on recombinant DNA research, written by Paul Berg, is known as "The Asilomar Declaration."

Web Articles

Patents and Genomic Medicine, David P. Lentini; Stephen A. Bent , (2004)
A biotech lawyer explains that it's not just patents on genes, but also patents on the technologies used to manipulate and study them, that could slow development of new drugs.
Biotech Industry Primer, Biotechnology Industry Organization , (2002)

Read the biotech industry's primer on “Genome and Genetic Research, Patent Protections, and 21st Century Medicine.” Part of a larger collection about intellectual property.

Web Sites

National Cancer Institute, National Cancer Institute , (2007)

This is a very rich and useful site. (For example, check out the many and varied resources on genetic testing and cancer prevention.)

Stem Cell Information, National Institutes of Health , (2007)
This frequently updated site contains a wealth of information on stem cells. You will find proposed federal guidelines, congressional testimony and a White House fact sheet on embryonic stem cell research. Don't miss the excellent primer "Stem Cell Basics" and the NIH report on stem cells, "Stem Cells: Scientific Progress and Future Research Directions." Read advisory and scientific papers on such topics as "Can Stem Cells Repair a Damaged Heart? and "Rebuilding the Nervous System With Stem Cells."
Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab, Howard Hughes Medical Institute , (2004)
If you wanted to take genetics in college but never got around to it, this computer program lets you do a month of experiments in a few minutes — without having to sort through piles of little knocked-out flies. Lots of fun, and very informative.