Papers and Other Materials of Interest
Human Genome Project
To Know Ourselves
(1 million plus bytes; 38 pages; many pictures)
an introduction to the Human Genome project,
produced by the federal agency who got the project started - The US Department
of Energy. What does the Energy Department have to do with genetic research?!
Read the pamphlet and find out.
Your Genes, Your Choices
(1 million plus bytes; 78 pages; many pictures)
an exploration of issues raised by genetic research.
Your Genes, Your Choices describes the Human Genome Project, the
science behind it, and the ethical, legal, and social issues that are
raised by the project. This book was written as part of the Science + Literacy
for Health project of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Primer on Molecular Genetics
(approx 700,000 bytes; 44 pages; many pictures)
a wonderful introduction to the conceptual basis of modern genetics
and the whole international Human Genome project. This document, too, was
produced by the US Department of Energy.
A New Five-Year Plan for
the U. S. Human Genome Project
(89,819 bytes; 11 pages)
reprint of original 1993
essay in Science by Francis Collins and David Galas, outlining
the plans and needs for genome research in the United States for the
1993-1998 five-year period.
U.S. Human Genome Project
5-Year Research Goals 1998-2003
This link takes you to a Department of Energy site that documents the five-year
research goals of the U.S. Human Genome Project.
Ahead of Schedule and on Budget
(8,095 bytes; 2 pages)
reprint of original editorial in Science
by Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., congratulating the leaders of the U.S.
Human Genome Project for providing "brilliant leadership ... without
the burden of ideological proscriptions or impractical administrative
USA v. Microsoft, 23 June 1998
(636,017 bytes; 56 pages)
Ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit, overturning the injunction barring
Microsoft from treating Windows95 and Internet Explorer as a
Although officially only a ruling on the original injunction,
the clarity and strength of the ruling is likely to affect
the general anti-trust action still pending. For example,
the appellate court ruled that, "On the facts before us ...
we are inclined to conclude that the Windows 95/IE package
is a genuine integration; consequently, s IV(E)(i) does not
bar Microsoft from offering it as one product." (page 28)
With regard to the appointment of a "special master" to
provide advice on technical matters, the appellate court was
even more forceful: "The
reference to the master was in effect the imposition on the
parties of a surrogate judge and either a clear abuse of
discretion or an exercise of wholly non-existent discretion.
We grant mandamus to vacate the reference." (page 37)
USA v. MicroSoft, 28 June 2001
(418,404 bytes; 125 pages)
The latest ruling by the United States Court of Appeals
in the on-going Microsoft case.
In this ruling, the Court finds serious fault in the handling of the
case by the original judge, Thomas Penfield Jackson, and in a section
entitled "Remedies for Judicial Misconduct and Appearance of
Partiality" orders that he be disqualified from further involvement
with the case. The Court also sets aside the break-up remedy
specified by Judge Jackson.
At the same time, the Court confirms the original finding of
monopoly practices by Microsoft, and remands the case to a
The judgment of the District Court is affirmed in part,
reversed in part, and remanded in part. We vacate in full the
Final Judgment embodying the remedial order, and remand
the case to the District Court for reassignment to a different
trial judge for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
- Response of the United States
to Public Comments on the Revised Proposed Final Judgment, 27 Feb 2002
(602,440 bytes; 248 pages)
The U.S. Department of Justice has provided the Microsoft antitrust case
judge an all-encompassing response to the more than 32,000 public comments
it received about the case - the largest public response ever filed in an
The government received 32,329 public comments, the most it ever received under the Tunney Act, a federal sunshine law for antitrust settlements. More than 90% of the comments were sent via e-mail.