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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
01 Nov 1972Nature editorial voiced concern about generating recombinant DNABerg, Jackson, SymonsStanford UniversityRecombinant DNA
1973Recombinant DNA produced in bacteriaCohen, BoyerStanford University Medical School, University of California San Francisco Recombinant DNA
1973Antibody network theoryJerneBasel Institute of ImmunologyAntibodies
1973Cesar Milstein meets Georges Kohler at the Basel Institute of ImmunologyKohler, MilsteinBasel Institute of ImmunologyAntibodies
1973The sequencing of 24 basepairs is reportedGilbert, MaxamHarvard UniversitySequencing DNA
1973First successful bone marrow transplant from unrelated donorGood, O'ReillyMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterImmunotherapy, Stem, cells, Transplantation, Oncology
Jul 1973Cesar Milstein and Dick Cotton report the successful fusion of two different myeloma cell lines, one from a mouse and the other from a ratCotton, MilsteinLaboratory of Molecular BiologyMonoclonal antibodies
12 Aug 1973Walter R Hess diedHessUniversity of ZurichNeuroscience
16 Aug 1973Selman A Waksman diedWaksmanRutgers UniversityAntibacterial agents
1974Regulation begins for recombinant genetic research  Recombinant DNA
1974First publication on inserting foreign DNA into miceJaenisch, MintzSalk Institute, Fox Chase Institute for Cancer ResearchTransgenic animals
1974The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is founded EMBL 
08 Feb 1974Immune surveillance theory that immune system provides protection against cancer discredited by research showing that 'Nude' mice lacking immune system function no more likely to develop tumours than normal miceStutmanMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterImmunology, Immunotherapy, Oncology
09 Mar 1974Earl W Sutherland diedSutherlandVanderbilt UniversityCell
Jun 1974Georges Kohler joins Cesar Milstein's research team to investigate somatic mutation and antibody diversityKohler, MilsteinLaboratory of Molecular BiologyMonoclonal antibodies
Jul 1974First concerns about potential biohazards of recombinant DNA publishedBerg, Baltimore, Boyer, Cohen Recombinant DNA
1975Temporary moratorium on genetic engineeringBerg Recombinant DNA
Jan 1975Unlimited long-surviving monoclonal antibodies createdMilstein, KohlerLaboratory of Molecular BiologyMonoclonal antibodies
1975Short-lasting antibodies against influenza virus devisedGerhardWistar InstituteMonoclonal antibodies
1975 - 1979First monoclonal antibody created to target a neurotransmitter peptideMilstein, CuelloLaboratory of Molecular Biology, MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit, Oxford UniversityMonoclonal antibodies

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