Follow-Up

Rolling on outa here

When warm weather beckoned this spring, genetics graduate student Matthew Weed joined fellow students studying outdoors for the first time in his six years at the School of Medicine. Weed, who is blind, used new wireless technology for his Macintosh laptop to listen to articles being read aloud and to check his e-mail—all in the semibucolic setting of the Harkness Courtyard.Weed is close to completing the dissertation on science and public policy that was just taking shape when he was profiled by Yale Medicine three years ago [“Bringing Science Into Focus,” Summer 2000]. He is studying “what society decides to do about controversial research: how to regulate it, how to assimilate it.” Part of his analysis...

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