Johns Hopkins Gazette: August 4, 1997

In Quotes

"We will not perform any experiments aimed at genetically engineering the human germline in my lab or anywhere at Hopkins-- it is not ethically acceptable."

John D. Gearhart, professor of gynecology and obstetrics, on ABC-News on-line edition, on his research team's development of the first laboratory cultures of human stem cells.

"It's just marketing and advertising hype."

Nancy Barnett, associate professor of pediatrics and dermatology, in the July 25 issue of The Baltimore Jewish Times, on Coppertone's new special sunblock for children.

"People are jumping the gun if they think they can just take vitamins and skip the traditional health measures like exercising and eating a low-fat diet."

Roger Blumenthal, cardiologist, in the Aug. 4 issue of Time magazine, on the recent study that suggested reducing the level of the amino acid homocysteine can reduce death related to coronary disease.

"We're schizophrenic."

James G. Neal, Sheridan Director of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, in the July 27 issue of The Sun, on the changing roles of libraries brought about by new technology demands.

"Public and private research institutions today are breathing a sigh of relief that such deliberate infringement of the patent system will not be tolerated by the federal courts."

University President William R. Brody, in the July 28 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, on the U.S. District Court decision that found CellPro Inc. willfully infringed on patents owned by Hopkins and others for a process that identifies and isolates stem cells.

"Most were very angry."

Hal Weaver, research scientist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in the July 16 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, on e-mail he received from people who believed he was withholding UFO information as he commented on his research on Comet Hale-Bopp.

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