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Title:
Letter from Alan McGowan, Scientists' Institute for Public Information to Burke K. Zimmerman, Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. pdf (114,498 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Alan McGowan, Scientists' Institute for Public Information to Burke K. Zimmerman, Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (114,498 Bytes)
Date:
1976-11-05 (November 5, 1976)
Creator:
McGowan, Alan
Scientists' Institute for Public Information
Recipient:
Zimmerman, Burke K.
Environmental Defense Fund
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Alan McGowan.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
DNA, Recombinant
Public Policy
Exhibit Category:
The Controversy over the Regulation of Recombinant DNA Research, 1975-1981
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from Burke K. Zimmerman, Environmental Defense Fund to David Mathews, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (November 11, 1976) pdf (53,143 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/FFBBJK.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Robert L. Sinsheimer to Karim Ahmed, Natural Resources Defense Council (October 28, 1976) pdf (150,656 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/FFBBJL.pdf
Metadata Record Petition of Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. and Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (November 11, 1976) pdf (1,622,239 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/FFBBJN.pdf
Box Number: 22
Folder Number: 24
Unique Identifier:
FFBBJM
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Recombinant DNA Materials, 1947-2002 (bulk 1974-1998)
SubSeries: Guidelines, 1975-1986
Folder: Dissent/Scientists I, 1977
Transcript:
November 5, 1976
Dear Dr. Zimmerman:
The controversy over recombinant DNA research has brought one of the most important facets of biomedical research out into the open. Although there are substantial benefits that may accrue from the research, there is also the possibility of enormous costs, both short and long term.
The public is being asked to support this research both with its tax dollars and by being in the physical vicinity of the recombinant DNA research laboratories. Fortunately, some public inquiry has begun in the form of open hearings on the subject. These public hearings have been held in Cambridge, New York City and San Diego, and have expressed deep concern over how and whether this research should be continued.
The public at large, however, is still in the dark concerning the relevant issues in the debate. The scientific jargon that accompanies the discussion within the scientific community is, at best, confusing to non-scientists. There is an overwhelming need for accurate, up-to-date information, with the issues clearly presented in terms understandable to all of us. The public, government officials, and members of the Legislature are in need of this information. Only with substantantive understanding of ill the issues will effective programs and regulations be promulgated.
Public hearings are absolutely essential in this process of discussion and debate. The Scientists' Institute for Public Information wholeheartedly supports the petition of the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council for the conduct of public hearings on recombinant DNA research.
Sincerely yours,
Alan McGowan
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2008-09-25
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