Judges tackle genetics. The Ethical, Legal,
and Social Issues component of the DOE Human Genome Program supports projects
to help judges understand the scientific validity of the genetics-based
claims that are poised to flood the nation's courtrooms. Robert F. Orr
(left) of the North Carolina Supreme Court and Francis X. Spina of the
Massachusetts Appeals Court at the New England Regional Conference on the
Courts and Genetics (July 1997) participate in a hands-on laboratory session.
As a prelude to learning the fundamentals of DNA science and genetic testing,
the judges are precipitating DNA (seen as streaks on the glass rod in the
tube) from a solution containing the bacterium Escherichia coli.
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The 1997 DOE Human Genome Program Report is a two-part report published in 1997 to reflect research and progress in the U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program from 1994 through 1996, with specified updates made just before publication. Part 1 is the program overview and report on progress, and Part 2 consists of 1996 research abstracts.