Mill Hill Essays 2002

Frank Norman fnorman at nimr.mrc.ac.uk
Thu Jan 9 02:37:44 EST 2003


The 2002 edition of the Mill Hill Essays is now available at:  
http://www.nimr.mrc.ac.uk/millhillessays/current.htm
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The Mill Hill Essays are published annually to promote science in 
society at large. They are written by members of  staff of the 
National Institute for Medical Research, and are designed to be 
accessible to anyone with an interest in science and the natural 
world.   

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The UK government has recently updated its national drug strategy, 
following extensive debate on the dangers of drug misuse. Nigel 
Birdsall sheds some light on what addiction is and how some commonly 
used drugs produce their effects. 

Advances in scientific knowledge are sometimes more of a stumble than 

a march. James Briscoe describes a recent change in the theory of how 

limbs grow. 

Rosalind Franklin made a significant contribution 50 years ago to the 

discovery of the structure of DNA. A new biography by Brenda Maddox 
is the starting point for Katrin Rittinger and Annalisa Pastore’s 
account of her life and work.

Tuberculosis is a disease that has terrible consequences for human 
health, for farming and for the natural environment. Jo Colston 
explains current attempts to unravel the links between tuberculosis 
in badgers, cattle and humans. 

Paul Burgoyne offers a personal view on the benefits of assisted 
reproductive technology in overcoming infertility. 

This year marked a milestone in research into malaria. Tony Holder 
explains why the new genetic information on mosquitoes and the 
malaria parasite holds promise for conquering this disease. 

It’s official – we are all getting fatter. Randip Bains teases out 
the reasons behind the current epidemic of obesity. 

Again we hope there is something to interest you and would value your 

 comments 
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Frank Norman, Librarian. National Institute for Medical Research
The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA,  UK
tel 020 8816 2227   fax 020 8816 2230   email fnorman at nimr.mrc.ac.uk

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