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The Asilomar 25th anniversary symposium, the "Symposium on Science,

Ethics and Society," will be held February 15-17 in Pacific Grove, CA.

Genetic Crossroads
February 4th, 2000


According to the program, "The presence at the symposium
of a number


of those who led and participated in the 1975 Asilomar conference
will

help to ground the discussion in a rich substrate of reality,
even as

the involvement of historians and other social scientists, lawyers,

and philosophers will bring outsiders' perspectives. Furthermore,
the

active participation of present and past government officials,

regulators, and critics of the scientific enterprise should
supply an

element that was largely absent twenty-five years ago."


The symposium is being organized by Professor Alexander Capron

of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, University
of

Southern California Law School, <[email protected]>.


A preliminary schedule includes these workshops and speakers:


TUESDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2000


OPENING SESSION

Welcome: Alexander Capron, University of Southern California*

Keynote: Scientific Responsibility, Public Accountability

Donald Fredrickson, Former Director, NIH*


Commentary: What Did the Asilomar Exercise Accomplish, and
What Did

it Leave Undone?


Paul Berg, Stanford University*

Jonathan King, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Philippe Kourilsky, Institut Pasteur, Paris

Sheldon Krimsky, Tufts*

Robert Sinsheimer, UC Santa Barbara

Maxine Singer, Carnegie Institution, Washington*

Stephen Stitch, Rutgers University*

Susan Wright, University of Michigan*


SESSION II: The Public: Alerted, Educated, Unduly Alarmed?

Reporting Recombinant DNA: Asilomar and the Press

Nicholas Wade, N.Y. Times*


Commentators:

Jerry E. Bishop, Wall Street Journal

Donald D. Brown, Carnegie Institution, Baltimore

R. Pierre DuMaine, former Bishop of San Jose*

Richard Horton, editor, The Lancet

Daniel E. Koshland Jr., UC Berkeley & former editor, Science

Dorothy Nelkin, New York University*

Michael Rogers, Newsweek Interactive

Charles Weiner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology




WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2000


SESSION III: Contending with Contemporary Issues in Light of
the

Accomplishments and Shortcomings of Asilomar


A. Genetically Modified Organisms

Presenter: Christopher R. Somerville, Carnegie Institution of

Washington & Stanford


Commentators:

Willy de Greef, Novartis*

Rebecca Goldburg, Environmental Defense Fund

Calestous Juma, Harvard University

Julian Kinderler, University of Sheffield*

James Maryanski, Food and Drug Administration

Peter Starlinger, University of Cologne

Ulrich Trohler, University of Freiburg


B. Genomics: Human Diversity, Genetic Patents and Ownership

Presenter: Eric Lander, MIT/Whitehead


Commentators:

Troy Duster, New York University*

Rebecca Eisenberg, University of Michigan

Henry Greely, Stanford University

Eric Juengst, Case-Western Reserve University*

Mary-Claire King, University of Washington

Margaret Lock, McGill University*

Benno Muller-Hill, University of Cologne

Henk ten Have, Catholic University, Nijmegen

Nancy Wexler, Columbia University


C. Somatic and Germline Gene Therapy

Presenter: Inder Verma, Salk Institute*


Commentators:

W. French Anderson, University of Southern California

Paul Billings, GeneSage*

Allen Buchanan, University of Arizona

Theodore Friedmann, UC San Diego

David Magnus, University of Pennsylvania

Oliver Smithies, University of North Carolina




THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2000


CLOSING SESSION: Asilomar, Then and Now: What Roles for Scientists,

the Press, Policymakers, and the Public-at-Large?

Chair: David Baltimore, California Institute of Technology*


Commentators:

Ken-ichi Arai, University of Tokyo

Deborah Blum, University of Wisconsin

Sydney Brenner, Cambridge University

John Harris, University of Manchester*

Donald Kennedy, Stanford University & Editor-designate,
Science

Daniel Kevles, California Institute of Technology*

Kenichi Matsubara, Kyushu University

Lennart Philipson, Uppsala University

Harold Shapiro, Princeton University & Chair, National Bioethics

Advisory Commission*

Philip Sharp, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Daniel Singer, former General Counsel, Federation of American

Scientists*


*Confirmed

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