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Herb Boyer and Genentech

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I am inspired by Herb Boyer.

Time magazine writes: By developing recombinant DNA technology, he raised millions for research—and alienated the Nobel committee.

Genentech was founded by a banker and a biologist (Herb Boyer).

Starting as a lowly $10,500-a-year researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, in the late 1960s, he became molecular biology’s first multimillionaire little more than a decade later. His rags-to-riches story jump started a stunning new technology called recombinant DNA, which allowed scientists to take selected genes from one species and splice them into the DNA of another, thereby permanently changing them and their progeny.

If you could only choose one, money or recognition (awards), which one would you choose?
By having money, Herb and his wife Grace could make a US$10 million donation to Yale.
Well, BBC UK writes that Herb suffered much from the jealousies of other academics.


Written by blueroselady

September 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm

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