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The Maxine Singer Papers

Letter from Maxine Singer to Arnost Kotyk pdf (92,640 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Maxine Singer to Arnost Kotyk
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1992-03-09 (March 9, 1992)
Singer, Maxine
Kotyk, Arnost
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Original Repository: Library of Congress. Maxine Singer Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Library of Congress.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Advisory Committees
Exhibit Category:
Nucleic Acids, the Genetic Code, and Transposable Genetic Elements: A Life in Research
Metadata Record The Scientific Committee on Genetic Experimentation (COGENE) [February 1992] pdf (365,822 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Georgio Bernardi to Maxine Singer (February 14, 1992) pdf (35,816 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Arnost Kotyk to Maxine Singer (February 21, 1992) pdf (38,039 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Box Number: 43
Folder Number: 20
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Subject Files, 1950-2002, n.d.
SubSeries: Boards and Committees
Folder: Committee on Genetic Experimentation (COGENE) Review Panel, 1991-1992
March 9, 1992
Dear Professor Kotyk:
I have read the report from Professor Giorgio Bernardi on the activities of COGENE from 1989 through 1991 and now send you my comments.
It was gratifying, as one of those who attended the original planning meeting for the establishment of COGENE in 1976 to see that the organization continues to fill an important niche in the biological community. This has been a successful international effort, marked by excellent scientific quality and collegiality. Most happily, COGENE has been free of the political issues that have diminished the effectiveness of HUGO. To a large extent this is because of the serious purpose of COGENE members and the fact that COGENE exists within the context of ICSU.
The report indicates that COGENE is keeping up with developments in biology and, in particular, attending to its charge to consider a variety of the implications of recombinant DNA experiments. The expansion of these implications that have accompanied the rapid progress of molecular genetics have been a challenge, yet we find COGENE addressing current topics in an effective way at its round tables and symposia. Even more impressive is the COGENE commitment to bring the most modern techniques to developing countries. Carrying out theoretical and practical courses in places remote from the world centers of research is a difficult task. COGENE never shirks from this, in spite of the difficulties, and has been an effective instructor.
The only suggestion that I would like to make for future reports is to ask that evaluations from students in the courses be provided, or at least summaries, so that the future review panels have an independent assessment of the courses.
With kind regards,
Maxine F. Singer
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