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ASILOMAR 2

Genetic Crossroads
October 4th, 1999

Plans are now underway to convene "Asilomar 2" on the 25th

anniversary of the first gathering.

At that February 1975 event, molecular biologists met at
Asilomar, California, and agreed to a voluntary moratorium
on recombinant DNA research until important safety questions
could be answered. Some observers hailed this as a courageous
act of scientific leadership. Others claimed it was a tactical
move designed to forestall public sector oversight and a deeper
socio-political critique.

The tone of the call for Asilomar 2 suggests that it may be
intended to help forestall public sector restrictions on human
germline manipulation and cloning. See these web sites:

http://www.the-scientist.library.upenn.edu/yr1999/apr/comm_990412.html
http://www.the-scientist.library.upenn.edu/yr1999/apr/russo_p11_990412.html


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