AGING NEVER GETS OLD On March 15, Jay Olshansky will be presenting the ideas he describes for slowing aging on page 28 of this issue at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization World Forum meeting in Oxford, UK, which runs from the 14th until the 17th.
MILLIONS OF PATENTS On March 19, 1991, University of Florida microbiologist Lonnie O. Ingram was awarded the 5,000,000th US patent for "Ethanol production by Escherichia coli strains co-expressing Zymomonas PDC and ADH genes" - a process that turns garbage into fuel. The technology was licensed to BC International, but says Ingram, "I haven't quit my day job." Fifteen years later, the US Patent and Trademark Office has passed the 7,000,000 mark, and biofuels are hotter than ever, thanks to President Bush's recent State of the Union.
INTERACT WITH THE INTERACTOME If you have a question for Marc Vidal about his essay on the need for an interactome (Time for a Human Interactome Project?), go see him at the New York Academy of Sciences on March 9, when he's on a panel on "Reverse Engineering Biological Circuits." He'll be joined by Gustavo Stolovitzky and Andreas Califano, who will discuss the hopes of the DREAM - "Database for Reverse Engineering Analyses and Methods" - Project.
KANDEL'S MEMORIES Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, of Aplysia fame, will publish In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W. W. Norton & Company) on March 13. The book travels from Vienna and psychoanalysis to New York City and the biology of memory.