The Center for Humanities and the History of Modern Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory invites you to join an online live discussion
DATE: Friday, June 19 @ 4:30pm ET
WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE GMOs
Sir Richard Roberts, Nobel laureate
followed by a conversation with Pamela Ronald, Ph.D.
Recording of this event available at: https://youtu.be/Vh2mlAblGKA.
Richard J. Roberts, Nobelist, former CSHL scientist, and current Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs, has organized a campaign of Nobel laureates to try and influence the debate in support of GMO technology, which now has 155 co-signees. He will discuss how by deliberately ignoring the science that underpins GMOs and painting horrific pictures of the dangers that might ensue, political motives are slowing the wide adoption of these technologies at the expense of the developing world.
Roberts’ presentation will be followed by a conversation with Professor Pamela Ronald from UC Davisas well as audience Q & A.
Moderated by Professor Rob Martienssen, Ph.D. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Organized and introduced by Ludmila (Mila) Pollock, M.L.S. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Library & Archives is celebrating Francis Crick's 104th Birthday!
Francis Crick is best known for the discovery with Jim Watson of the DNA double helix, He was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his part in the discovery of DNA. 1961, Francis Crick and Sydney Brenner provided genetic proof that a triplet code was used in reading genetic material. Crick also made major contributions to x-ray crystallography. His later research was in neuroscience and stimulated research on difficult problems like consciousness.
Browse his digitized manuscript collection from the CSHL Archives.
Borrow books from the CSHL Library's Collection:
The astonishing hypothesis: the scientific search for the soul, by Francis Crick
What mad pursuit: a personal view of scientific discovery, by Francis Crick
Of molecules and men, by Francis Crick
The recent excitement in the coding problem, by Francis Crick
Francis Crick: hunter of life's secrets, by Robert Olby
Francis Crick : discoverer of the genetic code 1st ed, by Matt Ridley
Crick, Watson, and DNA, by Paul Strathern
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
In light of the ongoing spread of Covid19, the latest coronavirus outbreak, the Library is offerring informational resources. This page will be updated daily.
CSHL Internal FAQ and Information
- CSHL is providing information specific to our campus and staff, which can be found on the intranet at this link.
SARS-CoV2 Virus Information
- The MLA has provided a list of links for information sources, found here.
- Covid19 on Pubmed
- Covid19 or SARS-CoV-2 on both medRxiv and bioRxiv
- This Powerpoint presentation by Michael Lin, MD/PhD for a lab meeting is incredibly clear and insightful.
- The NIH website provides a handy list of resources, linking to information from Institutes within the NIH.
- American Society for Microbiologists has published a genome for SARS-CoV-2
- The NLM is providing rapid access to coronavirus genome sequence information.
- A cogent analysis of the origins of the SARS CoV2 virus, based on its sequenced genome, was published in Nature Medicine.
- Nature.com: Why does the coronavirus spread so easily between people?
- Nature.com: The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2
- Washington Post: Coronavirus looks different in kids than adults
COVID19's Impact on Academic Science
- Several publishers of academic journals have agreed to make all articles pertaining to SARS-CoV2 and Covid19 openly accessible, without paywall or embargo. PubMed Central has posted a list of these publishers.
- The Scholarly Kitchen has an article addressing the cancellation of scientific conferences, and discusses considerations for how to plan ahead.
- This commentary from the National Academy of Medicine calls for a trusted source to provide accurate and up to date information.
- "Scientists' Obligations During the Coronavirus Outbreak" from The Scientist
Social Distancing and Flattening the Curve
- This article from Medium.com does an excellent job of laying out the known history of Covid19 and its progression, as well as lays out clearly why it is imperative to take precautionary measures to slow the spread of the virus as soon as possible.
- There is a follow-up article from the same author at Medium, with more up to dte information and additional analysis.
- On March 10th, UCSF held a panel discussion with public health and microbiology experts to discuss the current (at the time) state of knowledge of Covid19 in the US, including sobering and frank discussions of likely numbers for infection, fatality, and recurrence. The linked website has a bullet-point style summary of the panel discussion.
- The Be A Better Scientist Blog shared a video chat of three scientists discussing R0, the case fatality rate, and what "Flatten the Curve" means and why it is so important.
- This Joint Update from multiple physicians, posted by Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley, laying out clear information about Covid19 and plain-language explanations of why to take it seriously and how to help slow its spread
- Social Distancing: This is Not A Snow Day is a blog post explaining the hows and whys of social distancing
- For updates on COVID from NYC: text COVID to 692692
- Springer Nature has taken steps to ensure that all of their resources are available uninterrupted while a majority of scientists work from home and may have difficulty with VPN access.
- The CDC website's main splash page is dedicated to coronavirus information
- The John's Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Health Security has a website being updated daily with the latest information of the Covid19 outbreak.
- The masters of infographics at Information Is Beautiful have a handy series of easy-to-understand charts and graphs of important information about Covid19
- The World Economic Forum has compiled a cross-referenced web of links about the impacts of Covid19.
This list will be updated regularly with additional information
Finally, above all else, it is important to keep a clear head. Hand sanitizers that contain >60% alcohol are effective at disrupting the viral envelope, but nothing is better than vigorous hand washing. The video below starkly demonstrates with easy visuals how important it is to be thorough when you wash your hands in order to be effective.
The best way to combat the dangers that coronavirus pose is to help keep the medical infrastructure from being overloaded rapidly. By slowing the spread of the virus, although hospitals may eventually treat the same total number of cases, they will not have to attempt to do so all at once. Overtaxing the capacity of hospitals and clinics results in fatalities due to insufficient medical resources for symptoms that could be more easily treated in less overburdened times. So remember to avoid exposure when possible, and, because someone could be a symptom-free carrier for almost a week before falling ill, wash your hands frequently to kill any virus you may have been exposed to
Stay healthy. And if you are self quarantined, we recommend John M. Barry's excellent book on the 1918 Spanish Flu, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.
The CSHL Library has seats available for online training through the O'Reilly Online Learning. This is a great resouce to learn a new skill, the latest programming languages or to get a certification. The training seat will give you access to: Interactive learning (with prebuilt coding environments), Live Online training, learning paths and lots of O'Reilly technical books. Contact Tom x6898 in the library, if you would like access to a training seat.
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CSHL's resident historian, Jan Witkowski, regularly conducts interviews with the scientists who come to present at meetings here on campus. The Symposia week is a particularly busy time for him, but his hard work and effort pay off handsomely. For instance, in 2016, Jan had the pleasure to interview Bill Kaelin about his work on oxygen-sensing in cancer. As of today, October 7, 2019, it has been announced that Bill shares the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this work!
You can watch the interview here, and learn all about Bill's impoortant research, as well as Jan's tireless efforts to bring an understanding of high-caliber work like Bill's to the broader public.
CSHL Library & Archives together with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are proud to announce a fantastic $5 million dollar gift from Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) which will help us to support and maintain the current archives of Nobel Prize Laureates and future Nobel Prize Laureates Collections, as well as create new educational programs.
For a short video about the significance of this gift, please see:
Back row: Richard Durbin, Bruce Stillman, Walter Gilbert, Robert Waterston, Henry Yang, Yuqing Jiang, Charles Bao, Damon Zhang.
Front row: Yongwei Zhang, Mila Pollock, Audrey Kong.
The Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year initiative to sequence the billions of individual bases of human DNA. Despite the landmark nature of the project, there was never any effort to preserve, collect or organize the documentary record of scientists’ work in six countries: this historical documentation lay scattered in archives and other collections in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, and China.
In 2009, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory began working with The Wellcome Trust to change this. The International Catalog of the History of the Human Genome Project seeks to fill a large gap for historians and other scholars researching the HGP. The project will create a catalog of the original materials that came out of sequencing the human genome: correspondence, lab notes, photographs, papers, grant applications, oral history interviews, and other files.
For the first time, all the relevant materials documenting the history of the HGP will be identified, organized, and catalogued for the public. The website for the International Catalog of the History of the Human Genome Project is available at genomelegacy.org.
A major undertaking by the CSHL Library & Archives, the "The Human Genome Project: An Annotated & Interactive Scholarly Guide to the Project in the United States" is now available as an online guide and a downloadable E-Book. The editor is Kevin Davies.