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38 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 24 - September 30, 1999 Gene repair pioneer Eric Kmiec moves lab to UD Molecular biologist Eric B. Kmiec - who stunned the scientif- ic community six years ago by in- venting a technique for repairing disease-causing genetic mutations - has selected the University of Delaware as the site for his Labo- ratory of Gene Therapy. Author of the landmark "350 patent," covering a specially engi- neered molecule that fixes "snips," or single nucleotide poly- morphisms, in nature's blueprint- ing material, Kmiec will focus on sickle cell anemia, Huntington's disease and food-crop advances. He will also develop a gene-thera- py course while supervising grad- uate and undergraduate re- searchers at UD. Kmiec and his half-dozen team members should play a key role in UD's rapidly expanding life sciences effort, according to Daniel D. Car- KMIEC son, chair of the Department of Biological Sci- ences, and Provost Mel Schiavelli. As director of the UD Laborato- ry of Gene Therapy, Kmiec is also expected to work closely with the new Delaware Biotechnology In- stitute, a government, industry and academic partnership spear- headed by director David S. Weir, best anywhere," were central sell- ing points, he adds. Already, Kmiec plans a joint effort with the Carsons to alter certain cellular events involved in the develop- ment of breast, melanoma and prostate tumors. "UD chose the right people to launch a shift in their programs," Kmiec said. "I believe that this team can really make it happen for Delaware. I also appreciate the fo- cus on undergraduates, because that's where graduate-level re- search begins. And I couldn't help( falling in love with the beautiful campus." Kmiec previously worked for Thomas Jefferson University and and with researchers at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Why Delaware? Kmiec said he was impressed by UD's commit- ment to undergraduate education and the involvement of under- graduates in research, as well as the idyllic setting. Most convincing however, were university faculty like associate professor Cindy Carson, an inter- nationally recognized expert in bone development, who first told Kmiec about UD during a Nation- al Institutes of Health event. The Carsons' (Daniel and Cindy) na- tional reputation and their ongo- ing study of embryonic and tu- mor-cell development, which Kmiec describes as "among the Lyme disease seminar set Oct. 5 follows: Dr. William Holloway, director of the infectious disease laboratory at Christiana Care Health Services; Dr. Leroy Hath- cock, state epiderniologist for the Delaware Division of Public Health; Dr. Kathleen L. Curran, adjunct professor in the depart- ment of biology at Wesley Col- lege; Dr. John E Carroll from the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and John Becldey, director of the Hunterdon County Health Depart- ment in Flemington, N.J. with his wife, Jennifer, cofounded Kimeragen, the Newtown, Pa., company now gearing up for a hu- man clinical trial of Kmiec's gene-repair technique.  ,i .... "The arrival of an Outstanding faculty member like Eric Kmiec demonstrates UD's effortsto be- come a leader in the fidld of biotechnology," said UD presi- dent David P. Roselle. "We're pleased that Professor Kmiec has recognized and will now be a part of the University of Delaware's growing national reputation as a center of excellence in the life sci- ences." Kmiec credits his then 3-year- Continued on page 41 GOVER COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES Client-Centered/Existential Therapy "Everyone has problems. 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