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Public Acceptance Fuels Biotech Boom

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Science  31 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5339, pp. 792
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5339.792b

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MUNICH-- In the late 1980s, many Germans were so vehemently opposed to genetics and biotechnology that Munich University officials feared for the safety of staff at the Genzentrum, its major molecular biology lab. Adverse public opinion also led many German drug firms and agricultural biotech companies to carry out their research abroad. Today, however, the bulletproof glass shielding the director's office at the Genzentrum is a vestige of a bygone era, and the mood change is translating into a biotech boom.