The NIH Record

June 16, 1998
Vol. L, No. 12

Nathanson To Direct
AIDS Research Office

Poet Robert Pinsky To Give Director's Cultural Lecture

Shalizi Embarks on Cross-Country Bike Tour

Ethicist Explores
Nazi Medical Abuses

Extramural Associates Program Bolsters Research

NIH Celebrates Daly,
Roots of Chemistry

NEI Announces New
Clinical Trials Database

NHLBI Art Poster
Contest Celebration

News Briefs





Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives

Out of Africa
Research on Rare Genetic Disease
Leads to Ancestral African Culture

By Carla Garnett

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage -- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainment in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness and the most disquieting loneliness." -- Alex Haley

When author Alex Haley revealed his Roots in the late 1970's, everyone in the nation, it seemed, wondered about their own great-great-great grandfolks. As a result, the genealogical quest fever spread, particularly among African Americans. It took Haley more than a decade to trace back several generations, but as most Black people realize, not many of similar heritage will be able to unearth their lineage even that soon. That's because few, if any, reliable records of the centuries-long Atlantic slave trade remain to help in the search. That's what became all too apparent to NIAMS rheumatologist Dr. Paul Plotz in 1992, when "a chance occurrence" pointed his research on a rare muscle disorder to West Africa and "the greatest undocumented migration of modern times."
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Stone House Renamed to Honor Chiles

By Irene Edwards

Gov. Lawton Chiles

The Stone House was officially named the "Lawton Chiles International House" at a dedication ceremony May 13 held under a tent on the grounds of the house. The event, naming Bldg. 16 for Gov. Lawton Chiles of Florida, brought together members of Chiles' family and staff, members of the Florida congressional delegation, and representatives of the NIH community to celebrate the occasion. The house is a locus for international activities supported by the Fogarty International Center, other NIH institutes and centers, and HHS.
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