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DNA Research #48012

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 07, 1977
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(Studio) DNA research, especially combining different types of DNA, is controversial. National Academy of Sciences opens 3-day forum in Washington, DC to discuss DNA research. University of California in San Diego, research site, has caused community concern.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(San Diego, California) DNA combination research voluntarily stopped for two years while safety rules drawn up. At University of California near San Diego, such research to begin next summer. (Film shown courtesy PBS.) Controversy concerns possibility of new life forms being created that could be dangerous to life. [California Tech. biology chairperson Dr. Robert SINSHEIMER - says results of such tests can't be assured of being safe; cites reasons.] [MAN - must deal in reality. No known hazard has resulted in other such research. ] Restrictions on DNA experiments by National Institutes of Health, noted. Lack of restrictions on commercial mfrs.' labs and research noted. State legislature in New York City and California now call for commercial regulation. In San Diego, citizens' study committee investigates matter. [2nd MAN - believes if NIH guidelines adhered to, research safe.] [3rd MAN - sees necessity of risks.] One committee member says risk too great. [WOMAN - objects to continued research in area.] Relations between city and researchers cited.
REPORTER: John Martin

(Studio) 9 other cntries. include USSR , have DNA research. USSR safeguards not known.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

5:22:30 (COMMERCIAL: Taster's Choice Coffee; Fasteeth Denture Adhesive; Reynolds Aluminum.)

Reporter(s):
Martin, John;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:07:40

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