Paul Berg on stem cells

by Alexey Bersenev on April 8, 2012 · 0 comments

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Paul Berg is a remarkable man! He pioneered a basic genetic engineering methods and was awarded by Nobel Prize for this work.

When I was a teenager, I was reading about Paul Berg and genetic engineering for the first time. I was so inspired, that it had become crucial in my career decision. I became passionate about biomedical science. I was also fascinated by historical Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA. To me, It was one of the best examples of how professional communities should discuss the controversies and the impact of new biomedical technologies.

Paul Berg was interviewed by Larry Goldstein for iBiomagazine. He is talking about the history of genetic engineering and its public perception, synthetic biology, science policy and stem cells. Importantly, he discusses about communicating science to the public. Who and how should do that. I think, he could be a good role model for many of us.

I think, the example of Asilomar conference could be adapted by stem cell and cell therapy community. There are so many controversies among professionals in this field. There are many problems of communicating professional positions to the public. For example, the current debate about regulation (drugs versus medical procedure) of adult stem cell therapies and FDA involvement. Is it a time for “Asilomar Conference”?

first part of interview

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