Paul Berg talks about possible dangers of recombinant DNA.
Paul Berg discusses the usefulness of recombinant DNA to isolate and study genes.
Paul Berg speaks about his student Janet Mertz's experiment to make the first recombinant DNA molecule.
Frederick Sanger received two Nobel prizes (in the same category), for his work on protein sequencing and DNA sequencing.
Paul Berg talks about cohesive (sticky) ends and their significance in genetic engineering.
Paul Berg's student, Janet Mertz, planned an experiment that would recombine DNA from a monkey virus with DNA from a bacterium that lives in the human gut. Berg describes colleague Bob Pollack's outrage at this.
Asilomar meeting. February 1975. (L to R) Maxine Singer, Norton Zinder, Sydney Brenner, Paul Berg.
Paul Berg speaks about Herbert Boyer's research into the process by which an organism, such as a bacterium, can recognize and destroy foreign DNA.
Paul Berg talks about why experiments with recombinant DNA set off a firestorm of controversy, including a moratorium on further experimentation with rDNA.
Paul Berg recollects his reaction to his colleague Bob Pollack's opposition to experimentation with recombinant DNA.