In 2009 I attended the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. The keynote speaker was Carl Elliott. I knew he was a Professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University
From the New York Times: Dr. Khorana used chemical synthesis to combine the letters into specific defined patterns, like UCUCUCUCU, from which he deduced that UCU encoded for serine and CUC encoded for leucine. His
Yesterday I went to the New York Historical Society’s exhibit Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin (through January 31; $12 for adult non-members). I know–the title is breathless and leads the witness.
My mother doesn’t usually telephone me at work unless someone has died. Today, thankfully, that was not the occasion for her call. It was to let me know that my book was reviewed in the
In a shockingly cynical piece, Milton scholar Stanley Fish contends that the humanities’ only purpose is to keep people like him employed: …keeping something you value alive by artificial, and even coercive, means (and distribution
This week my students and I are watching Life Story, the 1987 BBC film about the discovery of the structure of DNA that was broadcast in the states as the more lamely titled Race for
My students and I have been discussing Erwin Schrödinger and his terrific little book, What is Life? (1944), that inspired a number of physicists and biologists, including James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, to take up