© 1986

Biotechnology: Potentials and Limitations

Report of the Dahlem Workshop on Biotechnology: Potentials and Limitations Berlin 1985, March 24–29

  • S. Silver
Conference proceedings

Part of the Dahlem Workshop Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. S. Silver
    Pages 1-4
  3. M. Smith, W. M. Barnes, M. van Montagu, H. Blöcker, P. Weglenski, U. Krawinkel et al.
    Pages 5-18
  4. R. M. Kay, R. Kaufman, P. Schendel, K. Turner, R. Kamen
    Pages 19-40
  5. H. Blöcker, R. Frank
    Pages 41-54
  6. G. Winter, P. Carter, H. Bedouelle, D. Lowe, R. J. Leatherbarrow, A. R. Fersht
    Pages 55-70
  7. M.-R. Kula, Y. Aharonowitz, O. M. Neijssel, J. D. Bu’lock, H. Sahm, A. M. Chakrabarty et al.
    Pages 71-81
  8. Y. Aharonowitz, G. Cohen
    Pages 99-112
  9. J. Collins, H. Betz, D. J. Rowlands, J. E. Davies, H. Schaller, W. Fiers et al.
    Pages 127-138
  10. D. J. Rowlands
    Pages 139-154
  11. E. Paoletti, M. E. Perkus, A. Piccini, B. R. Lipinskas, S. R. Mercer
    Pages 155-164
  12. E. F. Wagner, U. Ruether, C. L. Stewart
    Pages 185-198
  13. R. B. Flavell, W. Barz, W. J. Peacock, J. E. Beringer, H. Saedler, P. Broda et al.
    Pages 199-221
  14. W. J. Peacock, E. S. Dennis
    Pages 223-239
  15. K. Hahlbrock
    Pages 241-257
  16. J. E. Beringer
    Pages 259-273

About these proceedings


hurdle will be in the latter area. The technological hurdles will be formi­ dable but will not limit what happens: once the basic ideas are available, the technology will be developed. The unique part of biotechnology will be to imagine what the possibilities are. There was a discussion in several of the groups on the problems of intro­ ducing a novel science into a social and economic context. What biotech­ nologists are learning on this matter is not novel, although that does not make it any less important or difficult. People in the development of elec­ tronics and computers, in the pharmaceutical industry, and in many other types of industry that have grown from university research have had to face these problems in the past. It is the old situation of having to reinvent the wheel again and again. There is one aspect on which biotechnology seems to have handled this inherent difficulty better than some of our predecessor technologies: the people in the biotechnology companies by and large take a rather academic approach to free communication with one another at meetings such as this and open publication of many of their basic findings in the literature. This seems unique and certainly is different from the experience of the recent Silicone Valley Industry, which in other ways tries to emulate an academic environment, but not in open and free publication.


Fermentation biotechnology cloning computer development environment gene transfer genetic engineering industry microorganism pharmaceutical protein protein engineering science silicon

Editors and affiliations

  • S. Silver
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology Dept.Washington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biotechnology: Potentials and Limitations
  • Book Subtitle Report of the Dahlem Workshop on Biotechnology: Potentials and Limitations Berlin 1985, March 24–29
  • Editors S. Silver
  • Series Title Dahlem Workshop Reports
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-15510-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-70537-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-70535-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 312
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biotechnology
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