April 1977
Time;4/18/1977, Vol. 109 Issue 16, p36
The article focuses on the debate surrounding recombinant DNA research. Proponents of research which entails combining segments of Escherichia coli ( E. coli) DNA with the DNA of plants and animals emphasize that it can help point the way toward a new promised land of understanding and curing cancer. Opponents of this research express their fear that its benefits may be outweighed by unforeseeable risks. They say that the engineered bacteria can find its way into human intestines and cause baffling diseases by escaping from the lab and multiplying.


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