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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
01 Mar 1992Method devised to isolate methylated cytosine residues in individual DNA strands providing avenue to undertake DNA methylation genomic sequencing  DNA methylation, Epigenetics,DNA sequencing
21 Mar 1992John C Sheehan diedSheehanMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyAntibacterial agents
10 Apr 1992Peter D Mitchell diedMitchellGlynn Research LaboratoriesBiochemistry
18 Apr 1992Daniel Bovet diedBovetIstituto Superiore di Sanita Pharmacology
12 Jun 1992First transgenic mouse model created for studying link between DNA methylation and diseaseLi, Bestor, JaenischWhitehead Institute for Biomedical ResearchEpigenetics, Transgenic animals
02 Sep 1992Barbara McClintock diedMcClintockUniversity of MissouriGenetics
01 Oct 1992First experimental evidence showing links between diet and DNA methylation and its relationship with cancerZapisek, Cronin, Lyn-Cook, PoirierFDA, National Center for Toxicological ResearchDNA methylation, Epigenetics, Oncology
Nov 1992PD-1 (programmed cell death protein 1) discovered by team led by Tasuku HonjoHonjoKyoto UniversityImmune checkpoint inhibitors
1993Embryonic stem cells are proven to be pluripotent; having the ability to differentiate into different cell types  Stem cells
1993Wistar Institute patented Bcl-2, the first of a family of genes associated with different types of cancer Wistar InstituteOncology
Feb 1993Centoxin withdrawn from European market CentocorMonoclonal antibodies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

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