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. Thin book provides a
unique perspective on the recombinant DNA debate in the United
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 records, 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
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