Author Archives: David Baltimore

Why We Need a Summit on Human Gene Editing

This article is in Summit on Human Gene Editing, Spring 2016

In 1981, Matthew Meselson pointed out that the puzzle brought to light by Darwin, of what constitutes heredity, was solved in two tranches. The first lasted from 1900, when Mendel’s work of the last half of the nineteenth century came into the consciousness of the scientific community. It lasted until 1950 or so, when the […]

On Human Gene Editing: International Summit Statement by the Organizing Committee

This article is in Summit on Human Gene Editing, Spring 2016

Scientific advances in molecular biology over the past 50 years have produced remarkable progress in medicine. Some of these advances have also raised important ethical and societal issues—for example, about the use of recombinant DNA technologies or embryonic stem cells. The scientific community has consistently recognized its responsibility to identify and confront these issues. In […]


This article is in Rethinking What Research Government Should Fund, Fall 1999

Science and foreign policy Frank Loy, Under Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. State Department, and Roland Schmitt, president emeritus of Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, recognize that the State Department has lagged behind the private sector and the scientific community in integrating science into its operations and decisionmaking. This shortfall has persisted despite a commitment […]

Baltimore’s Travels Continued

This article is in Looking Back, Looking Forward, Summer 2003

In 1989, when I wrote the article entitled “Baltimore’s Travels,” I thought that my saga might soon be history. Little did I know that this controversy, which had begun in 1985, would continue on for another seven years. Daniel Kevles chronicled its full extent in a book, The Baltimore Case, and I will not repeat […]


This article is in Health Care Touchstones: Cost and Quality, Spring 2008

Science in the developing world Mohamed H. A. Hassan is a great spokesman for the role that science, technology, and innovation (ST&I) can play in facilitating the development of the less developed part of our world (“Global Science Gaps Need Global Action,” Issues, Winter 2008). He speaks for Africa because so much of the need […]