Bioengineering: Short Term Optimism and Long Term Risk
Anfinsen believed that humanity could derive great benefits from biotechnology, but only with the right safeguards. In this
speech delivered at the 19th Annual Nobel Conference held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, Anfinsen declared
that it was possible to maintain "adequate surveillance of the application of bioengineering to human beings so long as
the human hunger for power and material gain does not become overwhelming."
NOTE: Speech was given at the Nobel XIX Conference, held 4-5 October 1983 at Gustavus Adolphus College.
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1983-10-04 (October 4, 1983)
Anfinsen, Christian B.
Conference: Nobel Conference XIX (4-5 October 1983)
Sponsor: Gustavus Adolphus College
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Humanitarian and Political Activism, 1967-1994
Letter from Robert Esbjornson, Nobel Conference Committee of Gustavus Adolphus College to Christian B. Anfinsen, Willard Gaylin,
Clifford Grobstein, Karen Lebacqz, Lewis Thomas, and June Goodfield (March 23, 1983)
Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to Robert Esbjornson, Nobel Conference Committee of Gustavus Adolphus College (April 13,