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Nicholas Wade, 2003-05-30

 Item — Box: AV08, Hi8: CSHL1315
Oral History | Nicholas Wade
Oral History | Nicholas Wade

Scope and Contents

Nicholas Wade, science author and editor, is interviewed by Mila Pollock and Kiryn Haslinger on May 30, 2003, at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

Nicholas Wade speaks about Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's role in the world of molecular biology, journalism and science, writing about the Human Genome Project, and James D. Watson.

Nicholas Wade discusses the following in his interview: Scene 1. Coming to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 2. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 3. Journalism and science -- Scene 4. Writing about the Human Genome Project -- Scene 5. Public interest in biology changes over time -- Scene 6. The New York Times reader response to the Human Genome Project -- Scene 7. Writing science for a general audience -- Scene 8. The New York Times: science reporting -- Scene 9. Notable interviews with leaders in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 10. Changes in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 11. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia -- Scene 12. 2003 Symposium: The genome of Homo Sapiens -- Scene 13. Surprises in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 14. The future of genomics -- Scene 15. Gene patenting -- Scene 16. Jim Watson and the Human Genome Project: visionary wisdom -- Scene 17. Interviewing Jim Watson -- Scene 18. Jim Watson, writer -- Scene 19. Watson and Crick -- Scene 20. Science and spirituality.


  • Creation: 2003-05-30


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online: Select tapes have been digitized thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021, these tapes are available for research online via our Oral History Website and in person at CSHL Archives. Please contact CSHL Archives with any questions regarding availability.

Biographical / Historical

Nicholas Wade received a B.A. in natural sciences from King's College in Cambridge in 1964. He was deputy editor and subsequently the Washington correspondent of Nature magazine. He became a reporter for Science magazine and later moved to the New York Times (1982-2012), where he was an editor and reportor concentrating on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, environment, and public policy. He covered the Human Genome Project for the New York Times from 1990 and has interviewed Jim Watson on various occasions and visited Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for the annual Genome symposium. He is the author of several books including "Life Script: How the human genome discoveries will transform medicine and enhance your health (2002)."


1 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1315

1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Nicholas Wade) : DVD ; 27 min.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English