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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
1980US National Cancer Institute added $13.5 million to its budget for new Biological Response Modifiers, igniting search for agents able to modify host's response to tumour cells  Immunotherapy, Oncology
1980US licensed first rabies vaccine for human useKoprowski, Plotkin, WiktorWistar InstituteVaccine, Virology
02 Feb 1980William H Stein diedSteinRockefeller UniversityRNA
Jun 1980European Molecular Biology Laboratory makes its nucleic acid database publicly available EMBL 
1980British government commissioned report publically criticises non-patenting of technique for producing monoclonal antibodiesMilstein Monoclonal antibodies
18 Aug 1980Elizabeth Stern Shankman diedShankmanUniversity of California at Los AngelesOncology
Sep 1980First transgenic mice made with recombinant DNA announced Barbosa, Gordon, Plotkin, Ruddle, ScangosYale UniversityGene editing, Transgenic animals, Recombinant DNA
Sep 1980First DNA sequence database createdDayhoffNational Biomedical Research FoundationSequencing DNA
1980Largest nucleic acid sequence database in the world made available free over telephone networkDayhoffNational Biomedical Research FoundationSequencing DNA
Nov 1980Technique published using fine glass micropipettes to inject DNA directly into the nuclei of cultured mammalian cells. High efficiency of the method enables investigators to generate transgenic mice containing random insertions of exogenous DNA. CapecchiUniversity of UtahGene editing, Transgenic animals
Dec 1980Clinical tials begin with a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of gastrointestinal cancerKoprowskiWistar InstituteMonoclonal antibodies
1981First genetically-engineered plant reported  Recombinant DNA
1981First genetically cloned mice  Recombinant DNA
1981First embryonic stem cells identified in mice EvansCambridge UniversityStem cells
1981First patient successfully treated with anti-idiotype monoclonal antibodyLevyStanford University Medical SchoolImmunotherapy, Monoclonal antibodies
Jan 1981First cloning of mice claimedIllmensee, HoppeUniversity of Geneva, Jackson laboratoryCloning
09 Mar 1981Max Delbruck diedDelbruckCalifornia Institute of TechnologyGenetics, Virology
09 Jul 1981Mouse embryonic stem cells first isolated and cultured in the laboratoryEvans, Kaufman, MartinCambridge University, UCSFStem cells
Oct 1981Double-stranded DNA break technique developed for genetically modifying yeast Orr-Weaver, Szostak, RothsteinHarvard University, New Jersey Medical SchoolGene editing
05 Nov 1981First report of successful nuclear integration and germ-line transmission of foreign DNA into laboratory miceConstantini, LacyOxford University, Yale UniversityGene editing; Transgenic animals

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