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The cloning controversy

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Science  18 Sep 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6254, pp. 1292-1293
DOI: 10.1126/science.aac9095

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Summary

The contemporary scientific community largely takes for granted the safety of recombinant DNA technology and its utility for practical application. It was not always so. The two books under review probe the science, politics, legal parameters, and practical repercussions of the so-called recombinant DNA revolution of the 1970s. They chronicle in detail the breakthroughs and contentions accompanying the invention of recombinant technology and the raucous controversies over its potential safety. Both books also tackle the resulting shift in ethical, aspirational, and legal landscapes in biomedical research as molecular scientists rushed to form industrial ties, universities accelerated patenting and licensing activities, and entrepreneurs created biotechnology companies.