Scientific Advances

Published: 1992
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Referee Richard Steele moves in to stop the Tyson/Ruddock fight at The Mirage in Las Vegas on March 18, 1991 in the 7th round. Tyson was declared a TKO winner by Steele, a decision that spurred a post-fight melee in the ring. (UPI Photo/Files/George Nikitin)

Howard Dicus: One of the most important milestones of 1992.

Unknown Speaker: “Biotech will yield foods with better nutritional characteristics.”

Howard Dicus: Vice President Quayle announcing the FDA decision to permit the sale of genetically altered food.

Dan Quayle: “We will not compromise safety.”

Dr. Rebecca Goldberg: “FDA is putting their interest to the biotechnology industry ahead of consumers.”

Howard Dicus: It was more than Dr. Rebecca Goldberg of the Environmental Defense Fund could swallow.

Dr. Rebecca Goldberg: “Every now and then something comes along that’s a big surprise and turns out not to be safe in foods.”

Howard Dicus: A federal panel in 1992 okayed the use of genetic testing by police.

Dr. Victor Mckusick: “We confirm the general reliability of using DNA typing in forensic science.”

Howard Dicus: Dr. Victor Mckusick.

Dr. Victor Mckusick: “When performed properly, the technique is capable of providing strong evidence for solving crimes.”

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