Recorded: 04 Jun 2001
Bob is an interesting character and loved the intellectual life and the debate over issues like this and certainly, they get quite exercised over the recombinant DNA issue. But it was a perfect kind of issue for him; it was his style to be concerned about this. And clearly he was in the middle of many of those discussions. I had made a very conscious decision to not get involved in the discussion. There seemed to be plenty of people willing to spend their time doing that, and I decided not to get involved. So I stayed out of that pretty well and didn’t pay much attention.
Raymond Gesteland, biologist, has made progress in describing essential mechanisms for controlled gene expression. His research on recoding provides insight into replication of RNA viruses such as HIV and the genetic code. Gesteland also concentrates on ribosome function and response to mRNA signals.
He received a master’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. After working at Alfred Tissières Laboratory in Geneva, in 1967, Gesteland arrived at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to work under Jim Watson as Assistant Director for Research.
Gesteland is currently Vice President for Research, Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, and Chairman of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah.