Paul Berg Quotes


14 Paul Berg quotes:



"By that time I was hooked on a career in academic research instead of one in the pharmaceutical industry that I had originally considered in deciding to get a PhD."
"By then, I was making the slow transition from classical biochemistry to molecular biology and becoming increasingly preoccupied with how genes act and how proteins are made."
"Fears of creating new kinds of plagues or of altering human evolution or of irreversibly altering the environment were only some of the concerns that were rampant."
"Harland Wood, the department head, was an inspiring scientist and teacher but he was also devoted to his students and colleagues."
"Literally hundreds of millions of experiments, many inconceivable in 1975, have been carried out in the last 30 years without incident."
"Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most important contributions education can make."
"Moreover, the concern of some that moving DNA among species would breach customary breeding barriers and have profound effects on natural evolutionary processes has substantially disappeared as the science revealed that such exchanges occur in nature."
"Notably, some nations have enacted legislation that prohibits genetically-modified plants and animals from entering into their food supply."
"Novel technologies and ideas that impinge on human biology and their perceived impact on human values have renewed strains in the relationship between science and society."
"That work led to the emergence of the recombinant DNA technology thereby providing a major tool for analyzing mammalian gene structure and function and formed the basis for me receiving the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry."
"The production and consumption of genetically engineered food plants are realities although their dissemination has been limited."
"Today, it is research with human embryonic stem cells and attempts to prepare cloned stem cells for research and medical therapies that are being disavowed as being ethically unacceptable."
"With time, many of the facts I learned were forgotten but I never lost the excitement of discovery."
"Yet the effort to inform the public also encouraged responsible public discussion that succeeded in developing a consensus for the measured approach that many scientists supported."



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