Advances in Gene-Splicing
Recombinant DNA's Commercial Potential
It has been less than a decade since the controversial gene-splicing technique known as recombinant DNA emerged from the scientist's laboratory into the public limelight. In that time recombinant DNA research has advanced even more rapidly than many scientists predicted it would. The significance of genetic research has been widely recognized in the scientific community; the 1980 Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to scientists working in this field.1 But it is the commercial potential of recombinant DNA that recently has gotten the most attention. Dozens of corporations have poured millions of dollars into genetic research. They claim that the products of this research could revolutionize agriculture, greatly simplify control of pollution and lead to cures for diseases like ...