The Worldview 100
The visionaries who continue to reshape biotechnology—and the world
At just 40 years old, biotechnology is a relatively new industry. Its starting point, arguably, was the 1975 Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA, at which the potential benefits and hazards of DNA manipulation and the ways it should be regulated were debated and essentially decided upon. Most of the seminal figures in the development of biotechnology are alive today. Indeed, many of them are still working in the field that they love.