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The Resource Biotech : the countercultural origins of an industry, Eric J. Vettel

Biotech : the countercultural origins of an industry, Eric J. Vettel

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Biotech : the countercultural origins of an industry
Title
Biotech
Title remainder
the countercultural origins of an industry
Statement of responsibility
Eric J. Vettel
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The seemingly unlimited reach of powerful biotechnologies and the attendant growth of the multibillion-dollar industry have raised difficult questions about the scientific discoveries, political assumptions, and cultural patterns that gave rise to for-profit biological research. Given such extraordinary stakes, a history of the commercial biotechnology industry must inquire far beyond the predictable attention to scientists, discovery, and corporate sales. It must pursue how something so complex as the biotechnology industry was born, poised to become both a vanguard for contemporary world capitalism and a focal point for polemic ethical debate. In Biotech, Eric J. Vettel chronicles the story behind genetic engineering, recombinant DNA, cloning, and stem-cell research. It is a story about the meteoric rise of government support for scientific research during the Cold War, about activists and student protesters in the Vietnam era pressing for a new purpose in science, about politicians creating policy that alters the course of science, and also about the release of powerful entrepreneurial energies in universities and in venture capital that few realized existed. Most of all, it is a story about people--not just biologists but also followers and opponents who knew nothing about the biological sciences yet cared deeply about how biological research was done and how the resulting knowledge was used. Vettel weaves together these stories to illustrate how the biotechnology industry was born in the San Francisco Bay area, examining the anomalies, ironies, and paradoxes that contributed to its rise. Culled from oral histories, university records, and private corporate archives, including Cetus, the world's first biotechnology company, this compelling history shows how a cultural and political revolution in the 1960s resulted in a new scientific order: the practical application of biological knowledge supported by private investors expecting profitable returns eclipsed basic research supported by government agencies."--Publisher's website
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DLC
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Vettel, Eric James
Dewey number
338.4/76606
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9999.B442
LC item number
V48 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Politics and culture in modern America
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Biotechnology industries
  • Biotechnology
  • History, 20th Century
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Biotech : the countercultural origins of an industry, Eric J. Vettel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The setting, 1946 -- Patronage and policy -- The promise and peril of the BVL -- The ascent of pure research -- Research life! -- A season of policy reform -- Crossing the threshold -- Cetus: history's first biotechnology company -- Conclusion: an end
Control code
67384137
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 273 pages
Isbn
9780812239478
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006041846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780812239478
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Biotech : the countercultural origins of an industry, Eric J. Vettel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The setting, 1946 -- Patronage and policy -- The promise and peril of the BVL -- The ascent of pure research -- Research life! -- A season of policy reform -- Crossing the threshold -- Cetus: history's first biotechnology company -- Conclusion: an end
Control code
67384137
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 273 pages
Isbn
9780812239478
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006041846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780812239478
Other physical details
illustrations

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