Chapter 7 : Acts of Congress 1977

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This chapter begins with a discussion on congress and medical research. Host-vector systems in lower eukaryotes, such as the yeasts, and —approved as HV1 systems— as an HV2 system—criteria for acceptance laid. It also talks about prokaryotes other than as host vector systems. Of the branches of the federal government, it is the Congress which has long been the major proposer and disposer in bringing the federal government into medicine. This is overwhelmingly true when it comes to support of biomedical research, its epicenter for 50 years being the NIH. Congressional oversight is continuous and heavily involved in overseeing the distribution of support over the spectrum of research. It was inevitable that the news of the moratorium of the molecular biologists and the publication of NIH Guidelines for Recombinant DNA Research attracted the interests of the lawmakers. The text of Senator Kennedy’s definition was the child of Stanley Cohen of Stanford University, a principal agent in overturning dogmatic definitions where recombinant DNA was concerned.

Citation: Fredrickson D. 2001. Acts of Congress 1977, p 133-167. In The Recombinant DNA Controversy. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818029.ch7
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