EDUCATION: Science for the People

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Science  29 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5564, pp. 2331
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5564.2331d

Taking their cue from a series of popular radio broadcasts in the 1950s, the jargon-free Mill Hill Essays offer straight talk about timely questions in medicine and biology. Published annually for the last 7 years by Britain's National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), the essays aim to explain to a general audience subjects as diverse as the controversy over xenotransplantation and the origin of the 1918-19 “Spanish” flu. In the latest set, Tom Kirkwood, an authority on aging at Newcastle University, U.K., describes how genes for longevity mesh with our understanding of the evolution of senescence, and NIMR scientist Robin Lovell-Badge explores the promise and pitfalls of stem cells.


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