Recorded: 30 May 2003
Well, Cold Spring Harbor has become a very central institution in molecular biology. Most molecular biologists come here for conferences at one time or another in their career. And many of them remember giving some of their most important papers here. If there's anywhere in the world that molecular biologists call home, it's probably here. And of course it's a very beautiful place. I think its beauty leaves a lasting impression on the people who spend more than a few days here. So it's the center of molecular biology as much as any place is.
Nicholas Wade received a B.A. in natural sciences from King's College in Cambridge (1964). He was deputy editor of (italics) Nature magazine in London and then became that journal's Washington correspondent. He joined (italics) Science magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to (italics)The New York Times, where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating his writing on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public policy, a science reporter, and science editor. He is the author or coauthor of several books including (italics) LIFE SCRIPT: How The Human Genome Discoveries Will Transform Medicine And Enhance Your Health (2002).
Covering the Human Genome Project for the (italics) New York Times since 1990, Wade has interviewed Watson on various occasions and visited Cold Spring Harbor for the annual Genome symposium.