The Loom

Archives for December, 2003

Craig Venter has followed up on his announcement that he and his coworkers have assembled a virus from its genome sequence. Now there’s a paper available at the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science web site. A bleary-eyed late-night inspection suggests that this is not a flawless Xerox machine for viruses; the researchers had…

Free Will Starts…Now

Two decades ago, a neuroscientist named Benjamin Libet published a classic experiment on conscious will. He had his subjects rest a finger on a button as they stared at a specially designed clock. It had only one hand, which swept through a revolution once every 2.5 seconds. Libet would ask his subjects to push the…