The Recombinant University
Genetic Engineering and the Emergence of Stanford Biotechnology
Bay Area scientists, university administrators, and government officials were fascinated by and increasingly engaged in the economic and political opportunities associated with the privatization of academic research. Yi uncovers how the attempts made by Stanford scientists and administrators to demonstrate the relevance of academic research were increasingly mediated by capitalistic conceptions of knowledge, medical innovation, and the public interest. Their interventions resulted in legal shifts and moral realignments that encouraged the privatization of academic research for public benefit. The Recombinant University brings to life the hybrid origin story of biotechnology and the ways the academic culture of science has changed in tandem with the early commercialization of recombinant DNA technology.
Chapter 1. Communal Form of DNA Research
Chapter 2. “Mass Migration” and Technologies of Gene Manipulation
Chapter 3. System of Exchange in Recombinant DNA Research
Chapter 4. Moral and Capitalistic Economies of Gene Cloning
Chapter 5. Who Owns What? Private Ownership and Public Interest in Recombinant DNA Technology in the 1970s
Chapter 6. Reenvisioning the Biomedical Enterprise in the Age of Commercial Biotechnology
List of Abbreviations
no way that I can do justice to its content and scope in the limited space allotted for this review. Yi skilfully weaves together a narrative that shows us the broader trends and actions of entire institutions and the biotechnology industry of the Bay Area, and wandering beyond science into cultural and economic history, while keeping in sight the individual contributions of various scientists."
Société de Physique et d'Histoire Naturelle de Genève: Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize for History of Science