Mapping the Human Genome: Francis Collins

Read the Rice News article about Francis Collins' and Neal Lane's discussion at the Baker Institute.

Join Francis Collins, former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and Neal Lane, senior fellow in science and technology at the Baker Institute and former assistant for science and technology to President Bill Clinton, for a public dialogue on the changing role of science in American public life. How did sequencing the entire human DNA code -- one of the most exciting achievements of our generation -- change the way science, public policy and the American public relate to one another? Should scientists "go public" with their expertise on topics that relate to their research, or should they keep quiet and leave the commentary to politicians and pundits? If they decide to enter public debates, how should scientific researchers engage topics such as stem cell research, bioethics and the origins of life? Come hear how these two eminent scientists decided to step into the public limelight and what they have sought to do with the attention and opportunities that arise when scientific research becomes part of American public life.

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Wed, Jan. 21, 2009
4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago


Rice University, Baker Hall