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Biotech Finds a Growth Industry

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Science  19 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5273, pp. 300-301
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5273.300


Developmental genetics firms have high hopes for harnessing the regenerative power of the embryo to treat disease. Because species from fruit flies to humans have similar developmental genes, these companies rely on model organisms to find human genes, aiming to eventually treat diseases ranging from Parkinson's disease to skin cancer. Investors are pumping in money, although these young firms face a maze of scientific and commercial obstacles before they mature into commercially successful ventures.