The Recombinant DNA Controversy: A Memoir: Science, Politics and the Public Interest, 1974-1981

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The story of the controversy over recombinant DNA and its revolutionary impact on modern science.
• Provides a unique perspective on the recombinant DNA debate in the United States.
• Describes the actions which NIH and the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, under the careful watch of the scientific community, the government, and skeptical members of the public, undertook to win society’s acceptance of this new technology while keeping science moving cautiously forward.
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Fredrickson was director of the National Institutes of Health during those years, and so right at the center of the campaign to convince the public and government officials that genetic engineering was a good idea. In addition to his memory, he calls on archives of hearings records, correspondence, and extensive personal records and diaries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555812225
  • Publisher: ASM Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xx
Chapter 1 Asilomar: the End of the Beginning (1975) 1
Chapter 2 A Federal Case (1975) 28
Chapter 3 The Gathering Storm (1975) 44
Chapter 4 Extending the Seed of Power to the Public (1976) 60
Chapter 5 Recombinant Ramblings (1976-77) 80
Chapter 6 The Environmental Impact Statement and the Polyoma Experiment (1976-77) 105
Chapter 7 Acts of Congress (1977) 133
Chapter 8 Returning to the Witness Table: the Remainder of the 95th Congress (1977-78) 168
Chapter 9 The Revising of the Guidelines (1976-78) 188
Chapter 10 A Major Action (1978-79) 220
Chapter 11 Winding Down (1979-81) 250
Chapter 12 Moral 278
Chapter 13 Epilogue 281
Notes 289
Appendices 347
Index 367
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