Biotechnology at 25: Perspectives on History, Science, and Society

A Joint Program of UC Berkeley Extension and The Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library organized a symposium, Biotechnology at 25: Perspectives on History, Science, and Society , held March 12-13, 1999 at Berkeley, to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the invention of recombinant DNA technology by Herbert W. Boyer (UC San Francisco) and Stanley N. Cohen (Stanford University). The symposium also inaugurated The Bancroft Library's The Program in Bioscience and Biotechnology Studies as a national center for study and research.

The symposium featured more than a dozen prominent scientists, industry leaders, and social scientists who addressed an audience of more than 1,000 people on the development of the biotechnology industry and future implications for science, industry and society.

The following links are RealVideo presentations from the symposium. For more information about accessing these files, please go to About Video.

Host: Charles B. Faulhaber

James D. Hart Director, The Bancroft Library

List of symposium panelists:
Panel I

- Moderator: Edward E. Penhoet, Ph.D. , co-founder of Chiron Corporation; Dean of the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

- Stanley N. Cohen, M.D. , co-developer of recombinant DNA technology; Professor of Genetics, Stanford University

- William J. Rutter, Ph.D. , co-founder of Chiron Corporation; Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

- Paul Rabinow, Ph.D. , Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley and author of Making PCR: A Story of Biotechnology

Panel II

- Moderator: Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., Ph.D. , Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

- Paul Berg, Ph.D. , Nobel Laureate and Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford University

- J. Michael Bishop, Ph.D. , Nobel Laureate and Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco

- Herbert W. Boyer , co-developer of DNA cloning technology; co-founder of Genentech, Inc.; Professor Emeritus of Microbiology & Biochemistry, UCSF;

- G. Steven Burrill , CEO , Burrill & Company

- AnnaLee Saxenian, Ph.D. , Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128

- James D. Watson, Ph.D. , Nobel Laureate and President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York

- Questions and Answers

Related Links

Talk of the Nation: History/Future of Biotech : National Public Radio Science Friday broadcast.


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