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U. GENETICIST WINS ALLEN AWARD FOR ROLE IN CHROMOSOME RESEARCH

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University of Utah geneticist Raymond L. White has been named the 1989 recipient of the William Allen Award by the American Society for Human Genetics.

The award, a monetary prize and a bronze medal, recognizes "outstanding contributions and continued productivity in the field of human genetics through research and/or teaching."White shares the 1989 award with David Botstein of Genentech Corp.

At the U., White and his colleagues are involved in one of the largest programs, basic research on the human genome. Early work in White's lab laid groundwork for the subsequent characterization of the genes harboring mutations responsible for retinoblastoma, an often fatal tumor of the eye, and for cystic fibrosis.