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NOTICES AND REQUEST FROM THE EDITORS

Genetic Crossroads
April 16th, 2000

1. Summer course on human genetics offered
at UC Berkeley

The Integrative Biology Department at the University of California
at

Berkeley offers a summer course that provides an excellent introduction


to and overview of the science and technology of human genetics.
The

class meets Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30-11 am, June 19 to
August 11.


See <http://summer.berkeley.edu/summer2000/dept_integbi.html>.


If you know of similar classes in your area, or can recommend
on-line

courses or other resources for learning about human genetic
technologies,

send us the information and we'll publish it in upcoming issues
of this

newsletter.



2. Correction to TEEL #5


TEEL #5 summarized an article by Ann Ashburner (COMTEX Newswire)

about a speech given to the Royal Society by fertility specialist

Lord Robert Winston. According to the COMTEX article, Winston

stated that "genetically modified babies are inevitable."


An attendee at that Royal Society lecture has informed us that
the

quote attributed to Winston is inaccurate. According to our
informant,

the misquote is a "prime example of how the media like
this story of

inevitability." In fact, Winston was "slippery, and
insisted that we

should keep the subject open, but he thinks that germline engineering

is probably a bad idea."


We regret the error.

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