Henry I. Miller


The National Academy of Sciences, under its 1863 congressional charter, is supposed to be dedicated to “investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government.” At least insofar as judging the scienti c integrity of governmental regulation of biotechnology is concerned, however, two recent “expert” committees of the National Research Council (NRC), the research arm of the Academy, have been plagued by apparent bias, and their recommendations have been dubious.