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(Studio) Supreme Court ruling with regard to patenting of laboratory-created life forms reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Test case noted involving oil-eating microorganism created by General Elec.; details given, films shown. Court decision outlined; Chief Justice Warren Burger quoted. [Creator of microorganism Ananda CHAKRABARTY - discusses situation.] [People's Bus. Community Jeremy RIFKIN - criticizes court decision; mentions Andromeda strain.] Necessity for new life forms to be approved by Environmental Protection Agency prior to their use outside the laboratory noted; General Elec. reported having no plans at present for use of its creation outside the laboratory.
REPORTER: Fred Graham (WACT-TV newstape), Artist: Arthur Lien
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Graham, Fred
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