The Stowers Institute for Medical Research recently received an additional gift of $1.1 billion in securities from Jim and Virginia Stowers, who founded the Kansas City, Mo., research facility in 1998 (S. Bunk, "Big Plans for Kansas City," The Scientist 14[23]:14, Nov. 27, 2000). Their latest contribution raises the total value of the institute's endowment above $1.6 billion. The Stowers family originally intended for this gift to pass to the institute following their deaths, but by giving it now they hope to boost recruitment of scientists. The nonprofit medical research organization began work last November with three researchers under the supervision of president William Neaves and scientific director Richard Krumlauf. Two researchers and several administrators joined the already existing staff in December; four more primary researchers came on board in March, bringing the total number of senior scientists to nine. Recruitment is still under way: The $200 million,...

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