The 2002 edition of the Mill Hill Essays is now available at:
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
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
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 Pastores
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.
Its 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
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