Later in the meeting there was a lot of speculation and there were all kinds of scenarios that were raised by attorneys and others, most of whom really hadn't looked very carefully about basic biological issues such as selective pressure or lack of selective pressure. And there were scare scenarios that were put forth, and these were immediately picked up by the Press.
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Herbert Boyer: Former varsity lineman turned biotech bigwig. Expert at cutting DNA before most people knew it could be done.
Stanley Cohen: A born tinkerer; figured out the trick of using loops of DNA called plasmids to transform bacterial DNA
Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer inserted the recombinant DNA molecule they created into E. coli bacteria by means of a plasmid, thereby inducing the uptake and expression of a foreign DNA sequence known as "transformation."