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Unformatted text preview: John Xu 11/14/07 The article regarding biotechnology by Sally Smith Hughes talks about the patenting of recombinant DNA technology, a discovery made by Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer. The idea behind recombinant DNA technology is that it provided scientists with a simple method for isolating and amplifying any gene or DNA segment and moving it with controlled precision, allowing analysis of gene structure and function in simple and complex organisms (542). Several issues were raised with the idea of patenting such technology. There is the idea that such DNA would be unsafe for researchers to work with in the lab. Furthermore, Stanley Cohen was concerned about looking like he was patenting his discovery for personal gain. Consequently, he decided to donate his share of the money to Stanford University. Finally, there is the problem of patents promoting secrecy between scientists, preventing them from sharing their results. This is interesting because science is a social process, and it involves collaboration and communication...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course S&TS 3011 taught by Professor Crane,j during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).
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