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Steinbeck Foyer

REGISTRATION
—MONTEREY CONFERENCE CENTER

3:30 pm — 5:00 pm
Doubletree Hotel - Level 3

THE MASTER CLASS: OPTIONAL TUTORIALS
LIFE Advisory Board members will conduct tutorials on topics of passionate importance to them. Participants will have the opportunity to gain advanced thinking on key research areas, in a small seminar setting, and engage in discussions with scientists and entrepreneurs who are at the cutting edge of their fields.

Stem cell research

Ironwood II

Where do we get stem cells? What can they do? How should their use be controlled? Where and by whom? What is the government's role? Setting the framework for a reasonable debate.
Advisory Board Member/Tutor:
John Gearhart, C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Medicine, Institute of Cell Engineering,
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Introduction:
Phil Elmer-Dewitt, Senior Science Editor,
TIME Magazine

Evolution

Redwood

In the whole of science, evolution is uniquely remarkable for the width of the gap between public and scientific perception. To scientists, evolution is one of the best-attested facts they have. "It is beyond all sane doubt," says Oxford University's Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene, and five other books. Still, about 50% of the population at large doesn't believe in evolution. Prof. Dawkins will lead the discussion.
Advisory Board Member/Tutor:
Richard Dawkins, Simonyi Professor For The Public Understanding of Science,
University of Oxford

Introduction:
Christine Gorman, Senior Writer,
TIME Magazine

Business: Digital to Genomic

Cottonwood I

The language of this century is spelled out in a simple 4-element code. Understanding this code will give a wide spectrum of businesses an edge over those who do not grasp its impact. Forward thinking companies such as IBM are moving swiftly to invest in and reap the benefits of the genomics revolution. Forward looking countries are committing vast sums in building biotech centers. As a strategic thinker, here's what you need to know….
Advisory Board Member/Tutor:
Juan Enriquez, Director, Life Science Project,
Harvard Business School

Introduction:
Michael Lemonick, Senior Writer,
TIME Magazine

Nanotech and Nanomedicine

Ironwood I

In the last few years the idea that we should be able to economically arrange atoms in most of the ways permitted by physical law has gained fairly general acceptance. Manufacturing costs should be low - a dollar a pound or less - almost regardless of what is being made. Molecular computers, remarkably light and strong materials, artificial organelles, and hybrid bio-nano systems will usher a quantum leap in medical technology, giving us longer and healthier lives. This is a powerful vision, but we are still years away from achieving it. How should we proceed and what will it mean?
Tutor:
Ralph C. Merkle, Vice President, Technology Assessment,
Foresight Institute

Introduction:
Chris Taylor, Correspondent,
TIME Magazine

5:15 pm — 5:30 pm
Monterey Conference Center - Steinbeck Forum

TIME MAGAZINE WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
Opening remarks, Conference Host:
Phil Elmer-Dewitt, Senior Science Editor,
TIME Magazine

Eileen Naughton, President,
TIME Magazine

5:30 pm — 6:15 pm
Steinbeck Forum

CELEBRATING THE DISCOVERY
A Special TIME Interview with James Watson

"We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest."

Fifty years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick announced a discovery that would change the future of life. In this onstage interview, Dr. Watson will tell us what genomics enables us to do today, what is in store for us tomorrow, what we must know to make informed decisions, and how those decisions will influence our future.
Special Guest:
James D. Watson, Nobel Laureate and President,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Interviewer:
Robert Krulwich, Network Correspondent,
ABCNEWS

6:15 pm

Transfer to Monterey Bay Aquarium

6:45 pm — 9:15 pm
Monterey Bay Aquarium

BUFFET
AND BIG THINKERS
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BIG QUESTIONS•BIG THINKERS•PROVOCATIONS: PART 1
Through five-minute flash commentaries, some of the biggest thinkers across a variety of disciplines, will tell us what is known about life, what this knowledge means to us, to business, to education, religious beliefs, and public policy, and how our lives will change. We'll also learn what keeps the big thinkers up at night. These insights will raise questions, trigger debates, and help set the atmosphere for the rest of the program.
Speakers:
Richard Dawkins, Simonyi Professor For The Public Understanding of Science,
University of Oxford
Leroy Hood, President and Director,
The Institute for Systems Biology
Caroline A. Kovac, General Manager,
IBM Life Sciences
Jaron Lanier, Chief Scientist,
Advanced Network and Services, Inc., Composer and Visual Artist
Edison Liu, Executive Director,
The Genome Institute of Singapore
Hamilton O. Smith, Nobel Laureate and Scientific Director,
Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives (IBEA)
Rick Smolan, Founder and CEO,
Against All Odds
Steven Webster, Senior Marine Biologist,
Monterey Bay Aquarium