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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 31, 2000

Genetics prof. wins Keck award, grant money

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By Ginnefer Cox
Daily Staff Reporter
University genetics Prof. John Moran
is the latest to join the ranks of those
researchers affiliated with the
University gaining national recognition
for genetics research.
Moran sas chosen as one of the
year's four recipients of the W M. Keck
Foundation Distinguished Young
Scholars in Medical Research Award.
The W.M. Keck Foundation was
founded in 1954 by the late William
Myron Keck, founder of the Superior
Oil Company. The foundation focuses
on grant distributions primarily in the
areas of medical research, science, and
engineering.
During the next five sears, the
Universit will receive a grant of up to
one million dollars for Moran's current

research on the role of long interspersed
nuclear elements in human disease and
the human genome. LINES .hich
make up a portion of human DNA.
occasionally transpose and cause muta-
tions that result in genetic diseases.
Morans research will focus on the pos-
sible causes of the transposition of
LINES.
"At the time I earned n' PhD., few
people were studying transposable ele-
ments in human DNA. We hope that our
research will get other labs interested in
LINES. These sequences constitute
about 17 percent of human DNA; it will
be interesting to see how often they
utp and whethertheirjumping contin-
ues to influence the evolution of the
human genome," Moran said.
Thomas Gelehrter, professor and
chair of the genetics department at the
University, said that lie has observed

Moran's growth at the University
"As John's department chair I
recruited him to Michigan and have
watched him grow as a faculty member.
le is very smart, insightful and enthu-
siastic. His research is exciting and he
conveys this excitement to all around
him - students, post-doctoral fellows
and colleagues."Gelehrter said.
Although Moran is currently
researching LINES, he is excited about
future researching w ith others at the
U'ni crsity.
"The great thing about the University
is that it pros ides a great research envi-
ronment with excellent colleagues. One
of the fun things about research is you
don't always know what you will be
doing in the future you just let the
results of your experiments lead the
way. That is what makes it so fun,"
Moran said.

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John Moran, an assistant professor for the department of Human Genetics
Medicine, sits at his workstation.

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Napster granted reprieve by appeals judges

By Joselyn Gingrich
Daily News Editor
In an unexpected mosie, two federal appeals
judges in California granted the Internet company
Napster Inc. a last minute reprieve on Friday.
Napster was due to shut down Friday night after
receiving a preliminary injunction issued on
Wednesday by Chief Judge Marilyn Patel of the
United States District Court in San Francisco.
The appeals judges said they had "substantial
questions" that had been raised about the "merits
and form of the injunction".
Napster, which claims to have more than 20 mil-
lion users, turns user's computers into servers,
enabling users to find and exchange songs between
computers. The company has come under fire by
the Recording Industry Association of America,
which said Napster violates copyright laws.

The ruling to lift the injunction will last
until a three-judge appeals court panel can
hear arguments relating to the case. The hear-
ing will not be scheduled until after September
12, when the panel finishes taking written
arguments.
Napster has also come under fire by some uni-
versities, who say the service slows down their
networks. Northwestern University eliminated
access to Napster last December, after officials at
the university determined Napster was responsible
for causing other information to be transferred at
a slower rate.
But the University of Michigan never consid-
ered such a ban.
"The University had elected to not block
Napster because swe believe in freedom of infor-
mation," Wanda Monroe, director of media rela-
tions for the chief information officer said. "But

(Napster) could overload the network and that's
not the purpose of our network."
Monroe said the University has embarked on a
campaign to warn students about the dangers of
downloading music over the Internet. The office
of the CIO has placed ads, deseloped posters and
discussed the topic at orientation, Monroe said.
According to the Website of the CIO, using pro-
grams such as Napster may overload the network,
violate copyright laws and give others access to
everything on a users PC.
"Storing music files could infringe on copyright
laws," Monroe said. "We want to make sure the
campus is educated on copyright infringement.
\'e're concerned about the students."
But Monroe said the University isn't likely to
shut anything down.
"The University promotes the dissemination of
knowledge," Monroe said. "We would hesitate to

block anything."
Andrew Palms, director of product developmhnt
for IT Communications, said the shutting down of
Napster "would have no direct impact" on the
University.
"We currently have enough bandwidth" to handle
Napster, Palms said. "It doesn't mean a whole lot."
But Palms said 35% of the' whole University
network is used by residence halls, and most of
that is probably the search for entertainment.
"The bottom line is that residence halls are doing
a lot of stuff off-campus," Palms said. "Clearly,
accessing music is a popular thing among studentis"
But shutting down Napster won't shut down the
exchange of music, Palms pointed out.
"There are other methods of transferring
music," Palms said. Shutting down Napster "isa
only going to encourage people to stop using
Napster and use something else."

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