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Mill Hill Essays 2004

Frank Norman fnorman at nimr.mrc.ac.uk
Sun Feb 20 13:57:07 EST 2005


The Mill Hill Essays 2004 are now available on the NIMR website.  The
whole booklet is available as a PDF file and individual essays as 
HTML pages. 
http://www.nimr.mrc.ac.uk/millhillessays/2004/

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.   The latest volume includes six essays.

There's more to heredity than genes [Lisa Melton] 
Our guest author, Lisa Melton, looks beyond the brief moment, once we 
had fathomed out the sequence of the human genome, when it seemed 
that we would understand the mysteries of life. Her essay reveals the 
further complexities of epigenetics. Lisa was a postdoctoral fellow 
at Mill Hill and is now a science writer at the Novartis Foundation, 
London. 

Why flies are relevant to medical research [Jean-Paul Vincent and 
Iris Salecker] 
The importance for experimental genetics of simpler systems than man 
is explained by Jean Paul Vincent and Iris Salecker in their essay on 
the fruit fly, which has been used very effectively in genetic 
research for many years.  

The social life of disease-causing bacteria [Michael Sargent] 
Television advertisements try to persuade us to consume "good" 
bacteria to fight disease-causing bacteria. In his essay on biofilms,
Michael Sargent reveals that most bacteria (whether good or bad) 
exist in organised communities with distinctive capabilities. 

Nootropia: A smart new world? [Sam Cooke] 
The preoccupation with self improvement is also addressed by Sam 
Cooke in his essay on the possibilities and drawbacks of using drugs 
to enhance our minds.  

Understanding the allergy and asthma epidemic [Stephen Jolles and 
Jenny Hughes] 
Stephen Jolles and Jenny Hughes, specialists in allergies and asthma, 
examine the causes of and remedies for these increasingly prevalent 
conditions that are as a consequence frequently in the news. Stephen 
works at the Institute and at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead; 
Jenny at the Hillingdon and Amersham Hospitals.  

Past and present interplay of chemistry and biology at NIMR [John 
Corrie] 
John Corrie in his essay uses examples from research at NIMR over the 
years to show the continuous need for and importance of chemistry in 
understanding the mechanisms of biological processes. Unless the 
unpopularity of chemistry courses in schools and universities is 
remedied, the advances in biology and medicine that we have all come 
to expect will be cut short in the UK.  

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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