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So I'm thrilled about that. I really feel that at last
we're entering a whole new era and that the people that developed
recombinant DNA, Lasker Award winners -- Paul Berg, Stanley Cohen,
Paul Boyer -- these men developed the ideas and the practical
technology for gene splicing, and they will be considered, I
think, in our century as Pasteur was considered: the genius of
the 19th century. He caused the greatest number of new ideas to
Well, it certainly was a timely group of awards then, wasn't it?
It certainly was. It was a lucky group of awards. After
We decided on the award to Paul Berg, the Nobel Prize decided on
him, but neither Boyer nor Stanley Cohen were given a Nobel
Prize, much as I think they deserve one. Strangely enough, both
of them have given their basic patents -- one, Boyer, to the University
of California at San Francisco, and Cohen to Stanford --
and they've given their universities their basic patents on
recombinant DNA forever. And Stanford University is now selling
the use of the patents at $10,000 plus a percentage of the gross
or the net of whoever buys the license.
Well, what about the scientists themselves?
The scientists themselves receiver nothings as far as I know.
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