Collection focuses on Berg's work with recombinant DNA and includes professional correspondence, 1959-1985; research lab notebooks
for the years 1953-1986 which document his work with protein synthesis in bacterial cells and tumor viruses; records concerning
the National Academy of Sciences conference on recombinant DNA research guidelines; records from his Stanford positions including
administrative files, grant files, departmental records, student files, lectures, and symposia; reprints and illustrations;
and videotapes and audiotapes.
Biochemistry Professor at Stanford University since 1960, Berg received the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1980 for "fundamental
studies of the biochemistry of nucleic acids with particular regard to recombinant DNA." He was appointed Director of Stanford's
Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine in 1984. In 1967, Berg, working at the Salk Institute, redirected his study of protein
synthesis from bacterial cells to tumor viruses. By 1970, this research had led Berg and his associates to conclude their
experiments could form the basis of "man-made living matter." Spurred by growing ethical questions, Berg chaired the National
Academy of Sciences 1975 conference which focused on the potential hazards of recombinant DNA research and resulted in the
policy and quidelines which form the framework for genetic research.
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permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University
Search files, student files, personnel files, letters of recommendation, and other confidential materials are restricted.