HIV'S ANNIVERSARY >> June 5 marks 25 years since the disease now known as AIDS was first reported (see p. 36), but it was only 51 years ago that researchers first dissected a virus into its constituent parts and put it back together. On June 10, 1955, Heinz L. Fraenkel-Conrat and Robley Williams at the Virus Laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley reported the deconstruction and reconstitution of the tobacco mosaic virus, demonstrating that RNA serves as its genetic material.
A FIRST FOR SYSTEMS BIOLOGY >> On June 1 and 2, Murcia, Spain hosts what is being billed as the 1st International Symposium on Systems Biology: From genomes to in silico and back. "Taking into account that in Spain this is becoming an emerging field, [we wanted] to gather people from everywhere to talk about different aspects of the fundamentals and tools in systems biology," says conference organizer Manuel Cánovas of the University of Murcia. Read Steven Wiley's take on systems biology on page 52.
AFRICA IN FRANCE >> If the issues raised in our feature on science in Africa (p. 44) pique your interest, head to Paris on June 7 for the Sixth International Forum of African Perspectives, organized by the OECD Development Center and the African Development Bank.
A FEEL-GOOD BIOGRAPHY >> Robert Greenfield offers a look at the clinical psychologist who encouraged a generation to "tune in, turn on, drop out." Timothy Leary: A Biography, to be released June 5, covers Leary's life from childhood through his controversial psychedelic drug experiments at Harvard to his final years diddling in strange cosmic and self promotional realms. Miramax has already bought the movie rights.