Genes and Differentiation: How Does an Organism Develop From an Egg?


Genes and Differentiation: How Does an Organism Develop From an Egg?


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(Abstract taken from the 1992-93 DSLS Program.)

Harold M. Weintraub is Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Member, Division of Basic Sciences, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Hal Weintraub received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard University in 1967. Accepted to the Medical Scholar Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he received his Ph.D. under the supervision of Howard Holtzer in 1971 and his M.D. in 1973. On a Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship Dr. Weintraub traveled to the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the Medical Research Council, Cambridge, England, were he worked with Sydney Brenner and Francis Crick (1972-73). An Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor, at Princeton University, Dr. Weintraub moved to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, where he is now a member of the Division of Basic Sciences and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is an Assistant Editor of both Science and Cell, and has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cell Biology. Dr. Weintraub was elected to the AOA National Medical Honor Society, received the Lilley Award in 1982, has been elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received the National Academy's prestigious Lounsberry Award (1991). His work: In over 110 scientific publications Dr. Weintraub has extensively explored chromosome structure and its importance for the regulation of gene activity. Along the way he discovered MyoD, a master regulatory gene for myogenesis, and was responsible for the conception and development of anti-sense RNA and DNA as inhibitors of gene activity. He has described this important technology in the January 1990 issue of Scientific American.


cell biology

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February 27, 1993

Genes and Differentiation: How Does an Organism Develop From an Egg?