Interviewee: James Watson.
More than 25 years after the historic meeting, James Watson looks back.
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Now it's more than 25 years since Asilomar, and in looking back at the meeting, no one could have predicted the wonderful things that have happened since then. We had limited objectives, maybe make human insulin and understand some cancer genes. But we had no idea as to the way we were going to change society.
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