Science: Blue-Chips for a Biochemist

In his faded jeans and open leather vest, a can of Budweiser in his hand, he looks like a leftover from the 1960s. Back then, in fact, he marched regularly in the streets of Berkeley, Calif., taking part in civil rights and antiwar demonstrations. Despite his casual look, Herbert Wayne Boyer is a millionaire many times over, at least on paper. More important, he is in the forefront of a new breed of scientist-entrepreneurs who are leading gene splicing out of the university laboratory and into the hurly-burly of industry and commerce.

Boyer's success...

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