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Between February 26 and March 2, 2003, we sent a crew to the Biology of DNA conference at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island to bring you an insider's view of the informal side of science, a perspective seldom seen. At the conference, we conducted live Webcast interviews with many of the current luminaries in the field, including several who have garnered Nobel prizes. In the programs, you'll hear their views on significant DNA discoveries as well as the achievements they hope to see in the future. Our webcasts, along with postings from our crew in the field, serve as a interpretive guide to a scientific event that the public would otherwise not experience.

Distinguished Guests

Jan Witkowski Jan Witkowski
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Dr. Jan Witkowski is Executive Director of the Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor and is responsible for organizing some 20 meetings a year. Dr. Witkowski talks with us about the purpose of scientific meetings, about science as a social endeavor, and about some of the interesting people, events, and science stories that we can look forward to during the Biology of DNA meeting, which he coorganized with Dr. David Stewart, Director of Meetings and Courses at CSHL.

Walter Gilbert Walter Gilbert
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Dr. Walter Gilbert, a physicist who turned to molecular biology in 1960, won the Nobel prize in chemistry in 1980 for determining the base sequences of DNA. His recent research has concentrated on the structure of genes and the evolution of DNA sequences. In this Webcast, Dr Gilbert tells us how physicists have helped drive discoveries in molecular biology, and the relationship between private and university research efforts.

Sydney Brenner Sydney Brenner
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Dr. Sydney Brenner won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2002 for his work with the tiny nematode, C. elegans. Dr. Brenner recruited the one-millimeter worm in the early sixties as the ideal model organism to study cell differentiation and organ development. In this program, he describes how new model organisms are established for studying basic physiology, recounts his reaction to seeing Watson and Crick's DNA model for the first time, and offers advice to young scientists just starting out.

Carol Greider Carol Greider
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Dr. Carol Greider is a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University. She worked with molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn to discover the role of telomeres—segments of DNA that protect and stabilize the ends of chromosomes. Dr. Greider tells us about her work and shares her thoughts about the importance of mentors for women in science.

Bruce Stillman Bruce Stillman
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Dr. Bruce Stillman is the Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a position he inherited from James Watson in 1994. He continues his own research at the lab on DNA replication. In this program, Dr. Stillman describes the unique culture of science at CSHL, explores future directions of research, and tells us what he learned as an administrator for Dr. Watson.

James Watson James Watson
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Dr. James Watson is the President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the codiscoverer of the double helix, for which he won a Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 1962. Dr. Watson was also the first director of the Human Genome Project. He talks with us about early discoveries in molecular biology, the Human Genome Project, and what makes Cold Spring Harbor a unique scientific institution.

Francis Collins Francis Collins
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Dr. Francis Collins is the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, which is responsible for coordinating the government-sponsored effort to map and sequence the entire human genome, considered by many as one of the most important scientific undertakings of our time. Dr. Collins is a physician and geneticist whose own work led to the identification of the genes for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, and Huntington's disease. In this Webcast, Dr. Collins explains the different strategies for finding disease genes, the competition between public and private efforts to decode the human genome, and the next steps for the Human Genome Project, now that the first accurate gene maps have been created.

Eric Lander Eric Lander
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Dr. Eric Lander is a leading figure in the Human Genome Project and director of the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research. He has a background in mathematics and has applied novel statistical approaches to genetic analysis. In this program, Dr. Lander tells us about the recently completed mouse genome and how the study of other genomes gives key information about human genetics and evolution.

 

 

 

 

         

 

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