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Mark Jones, Director of Research, Life Sciences Foundation Bio and Contact Info
Listen (7:14) Why is recording biotech history important?
Listen (11:48) Biotech history, such as that of recombinant DNA, can shed light on current ethical debates
Listen (6:04) A history of tech transfers
Listen (4:12) Can history provide insight to current gene patent case?
Biotech has been around for a while now. Some of the original pioneers of the field are getting along in years or have passed. To record and preserve the history of biotech, the Life Sciences Foundation has been established. Their website is becoming a rich, one stop source, to trace back the big achievements of the last 40-50 years with lots of videos and articles on the pioneers and major players in our field. In addition to the website, the foundation puts out a regular magazine and sponsors events such as the talk and reception at UCSF recently entitled the Centaur and the Whale and the emergence of biotech, an event devoted to remembering two early biotech companies, Chiron and Cetus.
Mark Jones is the director of research at the Life Sciences Foundation and has recently been going around the country taking down oral histories. In today's show he talks about what the history of the industry can tell us about issues of today.