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Special Assignment (Genetic Engineering) #67452

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 10, 1980
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(No location given) Hollywood's portrayal of scientists noted not helping genetic research; scenes from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "The Andromeda Strain" shown. Concerns over possible disaster scenario with genetic research said subsiding. [Dr. David BALTIMORE - comments.] Worry over private large-scale production of various organisms noted. [Dr. Jonathan KING - comments on insulin manufacturer] Comparison of current situation with attitude towards chemical industry prior to knowledge of hazardous wastes outlined. [Tufts Univ. consultant Dr. Sheldon KRIMSKY - comments.] Moral and ethical questions involved in use of such procedures as amniocentesis outlined. [Dr. Paul BERG - comments.] [Reverend William SMITH - comments.] Concern over amniocentesis in light of action by some parents in obtaining abortion due to sex of unborn child noted; Dr. Jonathan Beckwith, 1st person to isolate pure human gene, said concerned over ethical implications of his discovery. Fear of ability to manufacturer master race as envisioned by Adolf Hitler cited. [BECKWITH - comments.]
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

Bergman, Jules;
Robinson, Max

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