Midsummer Nights' Science 2006
Looking for a good summer read? How about your own genome, the book that makes you biologically unique. Eric Lander weaves true tales of genome biology that scientists are learning from DNA studies of humans and other species.
How can measles be making a come-back? How did West Nile virus get from Africa to Arlington? Dyann Wirth retraces the steps of infectious diseases, and shows how researchers are using genomics to prevent future epidemics.
Should insurance companies have access to your genetic information? Should genes be patented? Are your genes also your destiny? Fintan Steele explores societal and ethical concerns such as these that are arising out of the "new genetics."
When will all this genetic knowledge start paying off with better medicine? David Altshuler talks about reasonable expectations in the era of genomic medicine, the amazing progress to date, and the promise of the not-too-distant future.