Mill Hill Essays 2001
fnorman at nimr.mrc.ac.uk
Mon Jan 7 14:24:00 EST 2002
The 2001 edition of the Mill Hill Essays is now available at:
The Mill Hill Essays are published annually to promote the Public
Understanding of Science. They were inspired by a series of BBC
Radio lectures given by eminent scientists in the 1950's, and
subsequently published as a book. They are written by members of
staff of the National Institute for Medical Research and guest
authors, and are designed to be accessible to anyone with an
interest in science and the natural world.
This collection of Mill Hill Essays contains essays from the
Institute and one from our guest author, Tom Kirkwood, Head of
Gerontology at Newcastle University.
There are not usually many points of contact between best-selling
fiction and cutting-edge biological research. In his review of the
novel "White Teeth" Dimitris Kioussis comments on Zadie Smith's
description of transgenic research and her approach to
considerations of the role of science in society.
Stem cells have received much attention internationally this year
as a potential new means of treating many diseases. Robin Lovell-
Badge explains what stem cells are, how they can be produced
and what therapeutic possibilities they hold.
Antibiotics have revolutionised the practice of medicine and have
saved untold numbers of lives. Roger Buxton explains how they
work, how bacteria can become resistant to them, the importance
of conserving their use and the problems of resistance if we don't.
Today more and more of us can expect to live to a ripe old age.
Tom Kirkwood elaborates the reasons for ageing and how
scientists are beginning to understand the ageing process.
Don Williamson tells the fascinating story of endosymbiosis and
the surprising implications that discoveries in this field have for
Again we hope there is something to interest you and would value
Frank Norman National Institute for Medical Research
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