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Lectures for the XXIst Century

Bart Raymaekers (ed.)

Publication Year: 2008

The university is a nerve centre of society. This glimpse behind the scenes of the laboratories, workshops and classrooms of KU Leuven reveal what preoccupies scientists today, and how their ideas and discoveries impact our world. This second annual series of lectures in English includes such highlights as J.J. Cassiman on Genetics and Genomics, R. Merckx on Food in Africa, G. Verbeeck on The Future of History, and a great deal more.

Published by: Leuven University Press

Series: Lectures for the XXIst Century

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4


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pp. 5-10

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Lectures for the 21st century. Perspectives on Society and Science

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pp. 11-12

Each year, a course is offered, called Lectures for the 21st century. Perspectives on Society and Science. Each year, different themes are explored, and they are approached from different angles. In general, one finds here a good sample of what scientific research at the university is about. ...

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Genetics and Genomics: From Testing to Treatment

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pp. 13-24

The complete and detailed sequence of a representative sample of human DNA is almost fully known, except for a few stretches of hard to sequence DNA. This historic achievement has already produced a few surprises. The number of genes (about 20,000) hidden in the 3 billion nucleotides which make up the human genome ...

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The Historic and the Current Political Development in Belgium: For King and Lasagne

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pp. 25-52

In the summer and autumn of 2007, the international media published a considerable number of articles discussing the possible or even immanent end of the state of Belgium. The attention of the international media was not surprising, as Belgium, after the 2007 elections, was unable to form a new federal government for almost half a year. ...

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Living off the Land in Africa: Myths and Reality

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pp. 53-68

Talking about Africa often comes down either to descriptions of the beauty of its natural parks abundant with wild life or of its sunsets over sun-clad beaches. Alternately, coverage of Africa in the TV news, yields pictures of horrific civil wars and refugee camps which further blur the common vision of the continent. ...

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Human Rights, after 60 years. A Philosophical Reflection

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pp. 69-80

Human rights have taken an important place within the moral discourse of our time: they are almost synonymous with our moral concerns, they are an indication of all kinds of oppression, they became a contemporary translation of what used to be called the good. ...

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Art and Cultural Identity of The Low Countries

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pp. 81-104

Cultural identity is a hot issue in Europe. This is due to the great changes that have taken place there recently. The Treaties of Schengen and Maastricht have caused migration waves, and cultures tend to come into contact and conflict more easily. ...

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Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

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pp. 105-126

A small vignette can make the theme of spiritually integrated psychotherapy more concrete. Performance anxiety brings a young woman to therapy. Whenever she is asked to play music in public, her hands start shaking so badly that she is no longer able to play the piano. ...

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The Origins of Human Retroviruses

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pp. 127-142

Retroviruses are RNA viruses which reverse transcribe their genomic RNA into proviral double stranded cDNA. This DNA is then integrated into the host genome. There are only two human retroviruses known (Fig 1), the Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). ...

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Functional Food, Panaceaor has the Emperor no Clothes

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pp. 143-156

Over recent decades, there has come about the notion of the importance of food in the maintenance of health and the prevention of disease. Apart from the emphasis on the need for healthy food in general, there is increasing interest in so-called functional foods. ...

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History in the Age of Apology

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pp. 157-180

We live in an ‘Age of Apology’. Since the last decades of the previous century politics and society have entered into an age and a time in which the act of offering an apology in the public sphere is generally valued as a token of respectability. ...

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Doping the Athlete in an Age of Presumed Innocence: What if the Lawyer Wins the Race?

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pp. 181-206

What would you say if you were tested and prohibited substances were found in your body? Many athletes would opt for a denial strategy. Perhaps legal counsel will advise them to employ this tactic. The consequences of a confession are severe. ...

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As we are Ignorant …The Role of the University in Education

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pp. 207-232

Universities may be defined as institutions of higher education engaged in both research and education, performed in strong interaction, and in service to society. Agreement on this definition is not difficult to obtain. But profound differences appear when one is looking for a more precise description of their role. ...


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p. 233-233

E-ISBN-13: 9789461660428
Print-ISBN-13: 9789058677037

Page Count: 300
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Lectures for the XXIst Century