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DNA Technology: Asilomar Conference and ‘Moratorium’ on Use

  1. Susan Wright

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005613

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Wright, S. 2006. DNA Technology: Asilomar Conference and ‘Moratorium’ on Use. eLS. .

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  1. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

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Abstract

The 1975 Asilomar conference is seen a landmark in the history of genetic engineering, an event that served as an influential model for policy making at that time. Its role as a model for future policy making on DNA technologies has been broadly questioned, particularly since commercial and military interests have been seen as major influences on the field's development.

Keywords:

  • Asilomar;
  • Paul Berg;
  • genetic engineering;
  • biological weapons;
  • human genetic modification