Initial feelings on Asilomar meeting, James Watson
Interviewee: James Watson. James Watson recollects his feelings about the Asilomar meeting. (DNAi Location: Manipulation > Revolution > Putting it together > James Watson's reaction to Asilomar)
I was depressed about Asilomar because I couldn't see when we were going to be able to start our experiments, was it going to be a six-month delay, several years. As it was, it turned out a couple of year delay and, but we were finally allowed to do what we did, what, what we wanted and it was wonderful. But for a couple of years I just thought about regulations, not about science.
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James Watson (L) and Sydney Brenner (R) at the Asilomar meeting, 1975.
"Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Molecules" published in Science on June 6, 1975.