Lewis Thomas


The three papers in this symposium may appear on first reading to be concerned with just a single piece of biomedical research - the recombinant DNA technique and its technological offspring now known familiarly, and in the long-run perhaps regrettably, as "genetic engineering." Two possible applications of the technology are the primary sources of public worry: 1) the risks entailed in a purposeful release into the environment of genetically altered species, for one or another commendable and profitable use, and 2) the hazard in any purposeful correction of a genetic abnormality in human beings.

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