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July 2, 2008: Links & Books

Personal DNA Testing


HHMI Online Companion
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides an extensive collection of resources on genetic testing in its online companion to this segment of NOVA scienceNOW.
More on HHMI and its partnership with NOVA

National Human Genome Research Institute
Check out fact sheets with information on genetic mapping, cloning, and more, or watch a video about the value of family history in preventative medicine.

Medline Plus: Genetic Testing
Investigate what genetic testing involves and make sense of scientific terms with a helpful glossary.

Human Genome Project Information
Learn the details of a 13-year international effort, completed in 2003, to identify tens of thousands of genes in human DNA.

Personal Genome Project
Find out what researchers at the Personal Genome Project are doing to make genome sequencing mainstream and affordable.

Genetic Privacy Bill
This Library of Congress site provides the full text of legislation H.R. 493, which prohibits employment and health-insurance discrimination on the basis of genetic information.


Genetic Testing: Care, Consent and Liability
by Neil Sharpe and Ronald Carter. John Wiley & Sons, 2006.

Genetic Testing: Scientific Background and Nondiscrimination Legislation
by Michele Schoonmaker and Erin Dominique Williams. Novinka Books, 2006.

A Short Guide to the Human Genome
by Stewart Scherer. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2008.


"Mapping the Human Genome"
by Grisolia Santiago. The Hastings Center Report, July 28, 2005.

"You 2.0: Closing the Genetic Gap"
by David Ewing Duncan. Wired Magazine, May 7, 2008.

"DNA Sequencing in a Snap: An Innovative Approach Could Target Hard-to-Sequence Areas"
by Emily Singer. Technology Review, May 19, 2008.

Art Authentication


Authentic Project
Maastricht University in the Netherlands hosts this site for an art authentication team, supervised by Eric Postma, that uses computer technology to analyze brush strokes.

Van Gogh Museum
Browse photos, videos, and podcasts from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which houses the largest collection of the artist's paintings worldwide.

Art Attack
On this site, see an overview of tools used to detect art fraud and also how X-ray technology can reveal hidden facts about famous paintings.

"Online Art Fraud Nets Growing Number of Victims"
Listen to an NPR broadcast about fraudulent online art auctions advertising Picasso, Warhol, and Chagall originals.

Painting by Numbers (Detecting Art Fraud)
Read this transcript from a Radio National interview with Dartmouth Professor Hany Farid to learn how his team is combating art fraud with mathematics and computer technology.


Fake? The Art of Deception
edited by Mark Jones. University of California Press, 1990.

The Expert Versus the Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts
edited by Ronald D. Spencer. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Art Crime
by John E. Conklin. Praeger Publishers, 1994.

Modern Analytical Methods in Art and Archaeology
edited by Enrico Ciliberto and Giuseppe Spoto. Wiley-Interscience, 2000.


"First International Workshop on Image Processing for Artist Identification: Brushwork in the Paintings of Vincent Van Gogh"
From a Van Gogh Museum workshop held May 14, 2007 in Amsterdam.

"Van Gogh's ‘Garden of the Asylum': Genuine or Fake?"
by Ella Hendriks and Louis van Tilborgh. The Burlington Magazine, March 2001.

"Software Detects the True Artist"
by Noah Shachtman. Wired Magazine, November 2004.

"Pictology: An Analytical Method for Attribution and Evaluation of Pictures"
by Maurits M. van Dantzig. The Burlington Magazine, vol. 117 no. 867, 397-398, June 1975.

Capturing Carbon


U.S. Department of Energy: Carbon Sequestration
See an overview of research and development issues regarding carbon sequestration, access key publications, and follow links to other U.S. Department of Energy initiatives.

Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture and Forestry
Read about agriculture and forestry practices that reduce greenhouse gases, or view an easy-to-navigate page of frequently asked questions about carbon sequestration.

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
View presentations, graphs, and notes from meetings of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, an international group working toward development of cost-effective separation, capturing, and storage of carbon dioxide.

CO2 Capture Project
Find out how the CO2 Capture Project, a joint effort of eight leading energy companies, is developing new technology to reduce carbon emissions and provide alternative, competitively priced energy supplies.


Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage
edited by Bert Metz et al. Published for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Carbon Sequestration Research and Development
U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Office of Science. 1999.


"A Guide to CO2 Sequestration"
by Klaus S. Lackner. Science, Vol. 300 No. 5626,1677 -1678, 2003.

"Ocean Iron Fertilization—Moving Forward in a Sea of Uncertainty"
by Ken O. Buesseler, et al. Science, Vol. 319 No. 5860, 162, 2008.

"Near-Term Opportunities for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage"
by the International Energy Agency, 2007.

Profile: Pardis Sabeti


FAS Center for Systems Biology
Read about Sabeti's research from this Harvard University site.

The Broad Institute
This site from Harvard and MIT's Broad Institute provides recent genetics news and public access to databases with information on genome sequencing.

Understanding Evolution
Learn about natural selection and the process of evolution at this site from the University of California, Berkeley.

Millennium Villages
Just as Sabeti hopes to combat malaria in Africa with science, the Millennium Villages organization is working to decrease African poverty through investments in health, agriculture, education, and infrastructure. Learn about the organization's efforts on its Web site.

Thousand Days
Check out songs, reviews, and photos from Sabeti's band, Thousand Days.

Big Think—Pardis Sabeti
Hear more from Pardis Sabeti at her website on Big Think.


Genetics: From Genes to Genomes
by Leland Hartwell, Leroy Hood et. al. McGraw-Hill, 2006.

Genes and DNA: A Beginner's Guide to Genetics and its Applications
by Charlotte K. Omoto and Paul F. Lurguin. Columbia University Press, 2004.


"Genetic Road Map Drawn for Tracing Route to Common Diseases"
Focus Online, November 11, 2005.

"MIT Scientists Develop Way to Catch Evolution in the Act"
by Anne Barnard. The Boston Globe, October 10, 2002.

"Pardis Sabeti Profile: Picking Up Evolution's Beat"
by Michael Balter. Science, Vol. 320 No. 5875, 442-443, April 25, 2008.

"Genome-wide Detection and Characterization of Positive Selection in Human Populations"
by Pardis Sabeti et al. Nature, vol. 449 no. 7164, 913-18, 2007.

"A Second Generation Human Haplotype Map of Over 3.1 Million SNPs"
by The International Haplotype Map Consortium. Vol. 449 No. 7164, 851-61, Nature, 2007.


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