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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
May 1987John H Northrop diedNorthrop  
Jun 1987The patent for PCR with Taq ploymerase is filedMullis  
Jul 1987Identification of the cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4)Brunet, Denizot, Luciani, Roux-Dosseto, Suzan, Mattei, GolsteinINSERM-CNRSImmune checkpoint inhibitors, Immunology, Immunotherapy, Oncology
02 Oct 1987Peter Medawar diedMedawarUniversity College LondonImmunology
06 Nov 1987Publication of gene targeting technique for targetting mutations in any geneThomas, CapecchiUniversity of UtahGene editing, Transgenic animals
Nov 1987First evidence provided for the interaction between the surface molecule CD4 and major histocompatibility class IIDoyle, StromingerHarvard UniversityImmunology, Immunotherapy, Oncology
Dec 1987Discovery of CRISPR mechanismAmemura, Ishino, Makino, Nakata, Shinagawa, Takase, WachiOsaka UniversityCRISPR, Gene editing
02 Dec 1987Luis F Leloir diedLeloirInstitute for Biochemical ResearchBiochemistry
1988First reported clinical use of umbilical cord bloodBroxmeyerIndiana UniversityStem cells
1988Campath-1H is created - the first clinically useful humanised monoclonal antibody.Winter, Waldmann, Reichmann, ClarkCambridge University, Laboratory of Molecular BiologyMonoclonal antibodies, Recombinant DNA, Campath
1988Patent application filed for a method to create transgenic mice for the production of human antibodiesBruggeman, Caskey, Neuberger, Surani, Teale, Waldmann, WilliamsLaboratory of Molecular Biology, Babraham Institute, Cambridge UniversityMonoclonal antibodies, gene cloning, transgenic animals
1988US Congress funds genome sequencing  DNA Sequencing, Genomics
21 Mar 1988Patrick Steptoe diedSteptoe Reproduction
Apr 1988Development of first rapid search computer programme to identify genes in a new sequencePearson, Lipman DNA Sequencing, Genomics
Apr 1988OncoMouse patent grantedLeder, StewartHarvard UniversityTransgenic animals
May 1988 - October 1989Cytotoxic T lymphocytes shown to recognise distinct surface markers on human melanomaWolfel, Knuth, Degiovanni, Van den Eynde, Hainaut, BoonLudwig Institute for Cancer ResearchImmunology, Immunotherapy, Oncology
Jul 1988Biochemical initiators of T Cell activitation, CD4 and CD8-p56, discoveredRudd, Trevillyan, Dasupta, Wong, SchlossmanDana-Faber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, Tech UniversityImmunology, Immunotherapy, Oncology
01 Jul 1988The first hematopoietic stem cells were isolated in miceSpangrude, Heimfeld, WeissmanStanford UniversityStem cells
1988 - 1989First evidence discovered of a physical link between oncoproteins and tumour suppressors  Immunology, Immunotherapy, Oncology
20 Oct 1988Cloning of first mammalian enzyme (DNA methyltransferase, DNMT) that catalyses transfer of methyl group to DNA Bestor, Laudano, Mattaliano, IngramMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyDNA methylation, Epigenetics

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