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Harvard’s ‘Frankenstein’: The 1970s Controversy Over Mixing DNA

Harvard’s ‘Frankenstein’: The 1970s Controversy Over Mixing DNA

In the 1970s, two inhuman creatures — one hairy and tall, another with orange eyes — were spotted in New England. The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, blamed these monsters not on unreliable testimonies, but recombinant DNA technology, then a new and promising laboratory technique.