Fred Sanger on Dangers of Genome Research
  Fred Sanger     Biography    
Recorded: 16 Jun 2005

I don’t think so—what sort of danger? I mean, there are all dangers; of course there are possible dangers in all medicine. I think it’s no more dangerous than anything else. Well, I’m not very worried about it. No, I don’t think so. I mean, there are all sorts of other things that one could argue about that are dangerous or too much. But I think there aren’t any obvious problems about that knowing people’s—I don’t think that one would want to do that anyhow. One has to think about it, but I don’t feel that I’m involved in that. I don’t have very strong views. I think that people are sufficiently sensible to avoid any danger that’s obvious.

Frederick Sanger, OM, CH, CBE, FRS (born 13 August 1918) is an English biochemist and twice a Nobel laureate in chemistry. In 1958 he was awarded a Nobel prize in chemistry "for his work on the structure of proteins, especially that of insulin". In 1980, Walter Gilbert and Sanger shared half of the chemistry prize "for their contributions concerning the determination of base sequences in nucleic acids". The other half was awarded to Paul Berg "for his fundamental studies of the biochemistry of nucleic acids, with particular regard to recombinant-DNA".

He is the fourth (and only living) person to have been awarded two Nobel Prizes, either wholly or in part.