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The Donald S. Fredrickson Papers

Title:
[Fredrickson reading an excerpt from "A History of Recombinant DNA Guidelines in the United States"] transcript of audio
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Description:
This reading, titled "The Moral," is of the last paragraph of Fredrickson's article, which appeared in the Recombinant DNA Technical Bulletin in July 1979.
Running Time:
45 seconds
Date:
1997-07-14 (July 14, 1997)
Creator:
Fredrickson, Donald S.
Source:
Metadata Record [Recording of Dr. Fredrickson reading "The Moral"] (Audio cassette) (July 14, 1997)
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Guidelines as Topic
DNA, Recombinant
Exhibit Category:
The Controversy over the Regulation of Recombinant DNA Research, 1975-1981
Relation:
Metadata Record A History of the Recombinant DNA Guidelines in the United States (July 1979) pdf (611,540 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Box Number:
46
Unique Identifier:
FFBBBB
Document Type:
Sound recordings
Excerpts
Language:
English
Format:
audio/x-realaudio
video/quicktime
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Audio-Visual Materials, 1978-1997
SubSeries: Audio Materials, 1982-1997
Folder: Recording of Dr. Fredrickson reading "The Moral," 1997 Jul 14
Transcript:
It is possible that the "recombinant DNA affair" will someday be regarded as a social aberration, with the Guidelines preserved under glass. Even so, we can say the beginnings were honorable. Faced with real questions of theoretical risks, the scientists paused and then decided to proceed under caution. That decision gave rise to dangerous overreaction and exploitation, which gravely obstructed the subsequent course. Uncertainty of risk, however, is a compelling reason for caution. It will occur again in some areas of scientific research, and the initial response must be the same. After that, the lessons learned here should help us through the turbulence that is sure to come.
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2009-12-22
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