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After a year at Penn State and six months training at sea I served on a submarine chaser through the end of the war.
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As a project during the senior year, I studied a group of papers that dealt with the application of newly available radioisotopes as tracers for the study of intermediary metabolism.
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But I felt it necessary to be part of the war effort and I enlisted in the Navy to be a flyer.
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But the prospects of designing chemical plants for industrial scale chemical processes seemed far less interesting than the chemical events that occur in biological systems.
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By that time I was hooked on a career in academic research instead of one in the pharmaceutical industry that I had originally considered in deciding to get a PhD.
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By then, I was making the slow transition from classical biochemistry to molecular biology and becoming increasingly preoccupied with how genes act and how proteins are made.
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Fears of creating new kinds of plagues or of altering human evolution or of irreversibly altering the environment were only some of the concerns that were rampant.
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Harland Wood, the department head, was an inspiring scientist and teacher but he was also devoted to his students and colleagues.
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I graduated from high school (1943) just a year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and enrolled at New York's City College to study chemical engineering.
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I returned to the university in the fall of 1946 and completed my undergraduate degree in biochemistry two years later.
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I was among the first to demonstrate, in vitro, that folic acid and vitamin B12 cofactors participated in these processes.
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Literally hundreds of millions of experiments, many inconceivable in 1975, have been carried out in the last 30 years without incident.
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Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most important contributions education can make.
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Moreover, the concern of some that moving DNA among species would breach customary breeding barriers and have profound effects on natural evolutionary processes has substantially disappeared as the science revealed that such exchanges occur in nature.
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Notably, some nations have enacted legislation that prohibits genetically-modified plants and animals from entering into their food supply.
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Novel technologies and ideas that impinge on human biology and their perceived impact on human values have renewed strains in the relationship between science and society.
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Paradoxically, no such embargo exists for the drugs and therapies that have revolutionized the treatment of serious diseases although many of them were created with the same technologies.
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That work led to the emergence of the recombinant DNA technology thereby providing a major tool for analyzing mammalian gene structure and function and formed the basis for me receiving the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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The production and consumption of genetically engineered food plants are realities although their dissemination has been limited.
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The satisfaction derived from solving a problem with an experiment was a very heady experience, almost addicting.
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Today, it is research with human embryonic stem cells and attempts to prepare cloned stem cells for research and medical therapies that are being disavowed as being ethically unacceptable.
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With time, many of the facts I learned were forgotten but I never lost the excitement of discovery.
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Yet the effort to inform the public also encouraged responsible public discussion that succeeded in developing a consensus for the measured approach that many scientists supported.
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