NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 08, 1977
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(Studio) Special report on DNA and DNA research.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Function of DNA described. Some scientists have formed new bacteria by combining different types of DNA; others think it dangerous. [MIT rep. Dr. Jonathan KING - says it's most dangerous type of biological technology in existence; puts it on level with nuclear power.] Various types of bacteria which scientists attempt to create noted. [KING - there's no more profound tampering with biosphere than recombining genes of different organisms.] [National Institutes of Health representative Dr. Maxine SINGER - says research allows questions never before asked, due to unavailability of answer, to now be asked and dangers of releasing hazard are low.] NIH guidelines for research noted. For most hazardous tests, old germ warfare center, at Fort Detrick, MD, being converted for use. However, not all scientists obliged to follow NIH guides; Cambridge, Massachusetts, city council stopped research at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology until it enacted own guidelines. Scientists gather to discuss DNA research this week at National Academy of Sciences in DC. Ramifications of research cited.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell