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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
Feb 1993Centoxin withdrawn from European market CentocorMonoclonal antibodies
11 Feb 1993Robert W Holley diedHolleyCornell UniversityGenetics
15 Apr 1993Immune molecule, granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor or GM-CSF, discovered to strengthen immunity against tumours Dranoff, Jaffee, Lazenby, Golumbek, Levitsky, Brose, Jackson, Hamada, Pardoll, MulliganMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyImmunology, Immunotherapy, Oncology
Sep 1993p21 shown to be a p53 target geneel-Deiry, Tokino, Velculescu, Levy, Parsons, Trent, Lin, Mercer, Kinzler, Vogelstein Johns Hopkins University, National Center for Human Genome Research, Thomas Jefferson UniversityOncology, p53
Oct 1993Cetus Corporation was sold to Chiron and its patent rights sold for US$300 million to Hoffman-La Roche Cetus Corporation, Chiron, Hoffman-La RochePCR
Oct 1993FDA lays out regulations governing gene therapy  Gene therapy
01 Nov 1993Severo Ochoa diedOchoaNew York UniversityGenetics, DNA
Dec 1993Recombinant human deoxyribonuclease approved by FDA for cystic fibrosis GenentechRecombinant DNA
1994First separation of cancer stem cells from the majority of cells in a cancer   Stem cells
1994Patients with damaged corneas successfully treated with corneal stem cells   Stem cells
1994First transgenic mice strains reported for producing human monoclonal antibodiesBruggemann, Green, Lonsberg, NeubergerCell Genesys, GenPharm, Laboratory of Molecular BiologyMonoclonal antibodies, Transgenic animals, Gene cloning
09 Feb 1994Howard M Temin diedTeminUniversity of WisconsinGenetics, Virology, Oncology
1994 - 1995Identification and characterisation of the natural killer T cell, a lymphocyte able to bind and kill certain tumour and virus-infected cellsBendelacUniversity of ChicagoImmunology, Immunotherapy, Oncology
17 Apr 1994Roger W Sperry diedSperryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyNeuroscience
1994Experiments in adult rats indicate olifactory ensheathing cells could regenerate injured dorsal root axons in spinal cordRamon-Cueto, Nieto-SampedroInstituto CajalStem cells
Jul 1994DNA structure of p53-DNA elucidatedCho, Gorina, Jeffrey, PavletichMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterOncology, p53
27 Jul 1994Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin diedHodgkinShipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, UKX-ray crystallography
29 Jul 1994Dorothy M Crowfoot Hodgkin diedHodgkinOxford UniversityBiochemistry, X ray crystallography
18 Aug 1994Richard Laurence Millington Synge diedSyngeRowett Research InstituteAnalytical chemistry
19 Aug 1994Linus C Pauling diedPaulingCalifornia Institute of TechnologyGenetics

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