Science: The Peripatetic Crusader

The scourge of the gene splicers and Government regulatory agencies works out of a cluttered three-room office in downtown Washington. His pretentiously named Foundation on Economic Trends--cited without further explanation in nearly every story about the biotechnology industry--consists solely of him, an assistant and a part-time secretary. "We have one lawyer," boasts Jeremy Rifkin, "but he does his own typing." Yet Rifkin, 41, has more than compensated for his lack of manpower by using his fertile imagination, boundless energy and shrewd tactics to tie the biotechnology industry in knots. Even the General Accounting Office is impressed; it concluded in a report...

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