Asilomar conference

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Asilomar conference

A meeting, in 1975, of genetic engineers who had become alarmed at the possibility of creating potentially dangerous new micro-organisms by recombinant DNA techniques. The scientists agreed to call for a world-wide moratorium on certain classes of experiment.
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The 1974 article in Science that led to the Asilomar meeting urged that "scientists throughout the world join with the members of this committee" in halting recombinant DNA experiments "until attempts have been made to evaluate the hazards and some resolution of the outstanding questions has been achieved." And the official "Summary Statement of the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Molecules" concluded: "Even in the present, more limited conduct of research in this field, the evaluation of potential biohazards has proved to be extremely difficult," because "[t]he new techniques, which permit combination of genetic information from very different organisms, place us in an area of biology with many unknowns."
(4) Paul Berg et al., "Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Molecules," Science 188 (6 June 1975) 991-94; Nicholas Wade, "Recombinant DNA: NIH Sets Strict Rules to Launch New Technology," Science 190 (19 December 1975) 1175-79.