Original Repository: Stanford University Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Paul Berg Papers
Reproduced with permission of Alain Rambach.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Recombinant DNA Technologies and Researchers' Responsibilities, 1973-1980
Letter from Paul Berg to Alain Rambach (January 26, 1977)
17 Jan 1977
I would like to tell you
(A) that two opinions have spread, among others, in Europe:
(1) that Stanford asked for "safety limitations" to block others from working in genetic engineering
(2) that Stanford tries to keep for itself the possible economic advantages of scientific discoveries in a whole new field.
(B) that, back in France, I have been telling that not only (1) has no meaning but also that personnaly [sic] you, Paul Berg,
went to this safety business only when, in 72 or 73, someone put up to your mind as a scientific problem the possibility of
a potential danger. About (2), after I asked your opinion in October 76, you told me clearly that personnaly [sic] you were
against most aspects of a patent covering the applications of a whole new scientific field and that you would send to me a
copy of the letter you wrote to the NIH to present your opinion on the matter.
I have never said that (1) was true or that you were pushing for (2). I keep all my admiration for your teaching and I am
very respectfully yours,