Genetically Engineered Plants
President, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Friday, January 26, 2001 at 8:15 P.M.
Genetically modified plants hold great promise for some and threaten great
peril for others. On one side are people who call them "Frankenfoods." On the
other are an array of agriculturists and food producers who see them as the
next phase of a long-continuing agricultural evolution that has and continues
to raise the world from poverty.
The debate fueled the news industry in the past year, and usable information is
sorely needed. Maxine Singer will help provide it.
About the Speaker:
A product of the New York City public schools, Maxine Frank Singer graduated
from Swarthmore College (A.B., 1952, with high honors) and Yale University
(Ph.D., biochemistry, 1957). She joined the National Institutes of Health as a
postdoctoral fellow in 1956, and received a research staff appointment two
years later. She was chief, Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Cancer
Institute, 1980-1987, where she led fifteen research groups engaged in various
biochemical investigations. She became President of the Carnegie Institution in
1988 and retains her association with the National Cancer Institute as
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