To Our Readers: Mar. 3, 2003

Celebrating the Past and Predicting the Future

Fifty years ago this week, James Watson and Francis Crick solved the structure of DNA. To mark that momentous discovery, TIME last week convened a distinguished group of scientists, academics and business innovators for a conference in Monterey, Calif., called the Future of Life. Over three days of spirited debate, participants, including Watson, examined such issues as stem-cell research, cloning, biowarfare and nanotechnology. Near the end, Surgeon General Richard Carmona offered this piece of wisdom: "Science must take care not to leave the public behind."

Blix Speaks His Mind

In the diplomatic dance...

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