DNA data - how useful is it realy?

S. LaBonne labonnes at csc.albany.edu
Fri Sep 1 09:00:56 EST 1995

In article <42220v$n4m at studium.student.umu.se>,
Ludvig Mortberg <Agneta.Guillemot at historia.umu.se> wrote:

>The big issue in biology today, as I see it, is how morphogenesis and
>differentiation takes place. We know today how curly hair is inherited
>in Drosophila, maybe we have even cloned the gene, but how does it
>become a curly hair (or a straight one) no body knows.

Ludvig, how are you _going_ to know without studying the gene and its
protein product?  How are you going to do that without sequencing the
gene?  Actually as a former Drosophila development person I can tell
you that you've picked exactly the wrong system to complain about- fly
work is well past the clone-and-sequence-everything-in-sight stage,
_many_ groups are doing sophisticated cell bio and embryology.  But
the gene sequences are an essential tool in these efforts.
Opinions are mine alone; I never met a university with opinions!
Steve LaBonne ********************* (labonnes at cnsunix.albany.edu)
"It can never be satisfied, the mind, never."   - Wallace Stevens

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