Controversy in tobacco industry

Stellman, Steven D.

Letter appearing in the January 13, 1986 issue of Chemical and Engineering News regarding National Institutes of Health (NIH) approval of field tests of genetically modified tobacco.



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From Steven Stellman: In 1986 NIH approval was required for field testing of genetically modified plants. As an American Cancer Society staffer I was stunned, to say the least, that one of the first candidates was tobacco. I shared my concern with ACS Sr. VP and former NCI director Dick Rauscher, who encouraged this note. See a follow-up letter in Academic Commons at