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In this fascinating memoir, Donald Fredrickson tells the story of the controversy over recombinant DNA and its revolutionary impact on modern science. As director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Fredrickson was in a perfect position to witness and share in the dynamics of this important time. This book provides a unique perspective on the recombinant DNA debate in the United States.
The Recombinant DNA Controversy 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.
Relying on vast archives of hearings record, correspondence, and extensive personal records and diaries, Dr. Fredrickson recalls the numerous personalities from microbiology, molecular biology, and other scientific disciplines, as well as the leaders among Congress, the administration, and government agencies, environmentalists, and many others, who had a role during this challenging period.