National Forum

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Articles from Vol. 79, No. 3, Summer

A National Resource for Information on Clinical Trials
Scenario: Ellen is a forty-eight-year-old professional woman who lives and works in Hartford, Connecticut. She has four adult children and two grandchildren. She also has two aging parents who live nearby and who, though they have been active all their...
Can We Make an AIDS Vaccine?
The news media are full of stories about the commitment of both the federal government and private companies to the development of a vaccine for AIDS. But do most people understand the scientific challenges involved in producing such a vaccine? Are their...
Clinical Biomarkers
Innovative Approaches to Evaluating Novel Therapies Researchers are now examining ways to put powerful laboratory technologies to work for clinical applications by developing more precise and accurate measures of disease. These tools, which were developed...
Failing the Future: A Dean Looks at Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century
ANNETTE KOLODNY. Falling the Future: A Dean Looks at Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century. Durham: Duke University Press, 1998. 256 pages. $24.95. In Failing the Future, Annette Kolodny tells the personal and professional story of her tenure,...
Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations
BRIAN FAGAN. Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations. New York: Basic Books, 1999. 284 pages. $25.00. Brian Fagan, a professor of anthropology at the University of California-Santa Barbara, has written a fascinating book...
Human Gene Therapy
Ensuring Progress In the Next Millennium The year 2000 will mark the tenth anniversary of the first human gene therapy experiment. This first year of the new millennium is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences conference...
Informed Consent in Research
The relationship between physician and patient, as generally delineated by the Hippocratic Oath and the American Medical Association's 1994 Principles of Medical Ethics, is one between a fiduciary and a principal. In such a relationship, the duties of...
Letters to the Editor
RACIAL AND ETHNIC PREFERENCES IN HIGHER EDUCATION My first American history course began in Spanish. I dropped the course in indignation. I felt obliged to ask Dr. Rocha to explain why he spoke in Spanish in an American history class. His answer was...
Musical Crossovers
Dawn Upshaw, a distinguished artist in the classical medium, has released two compact disc albums that cross over into popular repertory from earlier decades (Rogers and Hart, Nonesuch 79406-2 and Songs of Vernon Duke, Nonesuch 79531-2). With several...
Note from the Editor
IN THIS ISSUE It seems that just about every day we hear some sort of news on a startling breakthrough in the field of biomedical research -- animals being cloned, mice almost miraculously cured of cancer, new drugs being developed to treat everything...
Pluripotent Stem Cells
Recently published reports on the isolation and successful culturing of the first human pluripotent stem cell lines, which can give rise to many tissues of the body, have generated excitement. These findings bring biomedical research to the edge of a...
Reader Response
I have taught university courses in public policy making and international politics for some twenty years now. Ecological issues increasingly enter our course content. I was, therefore, pleased to see that the topic of the latest National Forum issue...
Saints & Sinners: A History of the Popes
EAMON DUFFY. Saints & Sinners: A History of the Popes. New Haven:Yale University Press, 1997. 326 pages. $18.95. This book tells the story of the papacy from the Apostle Peter to Pope John Paul II. The papacy is the office of the pope, who is the...
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing
Its Emerging Role in Public Policy Deliberation on Genetic Tests The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing (SACGT) was established by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna E. Shalala, to provide a public forum for the formulation...
Shakespeare in Love
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, directed by John Madden, Miramax Films, 1998. The first stop for many a movie reviewer these days must be a film's official website, and on that for the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love (www.miramax.com/shakespeareinlov/),...
The Integration of Science and Public Policy
Time flies. Soon it will be the last year of the millennium. On my end, I cannot help reminiscing about how exciting these years have been. I have become more aware of the things that I do every day. Even more exciting has been the opportunity to write...
The Two Faces of Accountability
Like the Roman god Janus, accountability has two faces. On the one side, critics are correct. Education from preschool through college certainly must improve to ensure that we remain competitive in the world market. Teachers who are licensed for our...