the most exciting of times for the basic scientist. The opportunities
to advance the frontiers of knowledge parallels the bright prospect
for early translation of discoveries into diagnostics and therapeutics.
Never in the history of the biomedical sciences has progress
in the acquisition of basic information and its practical application
been so rapid. To note only one of the most compelling examples,
the mapping and sequencing of the human genome is almost complete,
and the connections between genes and disease have never been
clearer. Impressive strides have been made in understanding the
influence and expression of genes in inherited disorders and
in developing new approaches to treatment of these and other
The Institute for
Cell and Developmental Biology has the objective of understanding
how basic molecular and cellular processes control the growth,
differentiation and function of a wide variety of organisms.
For example, researchers at the Institute have shown that genes
active in controlling the onset of leukemia in people are closely
related to genes that function as regulators in fruit flies,
giving leukemia research a new model for understanding the genesis
of this disease.
We invite you to join
with us in exploring these exciting new frontiers!
William J. Lennarz