Philosophical Society of Washington

Genetically Engineered Plants

Maxine Singer
President, Carnegie Institution of Washington

2126th Meeting Abstract
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 Scientist Emeritus.

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