BY SIMON SILVER
Department of Microbiology
University of Illinois
" The availability of a range of human growth factors made on a factory scale from, recombinant DNA technology, will radically advance treatment for wounds and other skin trauma. There is also a lot to learn about basic cell biology from the study of these proteins.
P. ten Dijke, K.K. Iwata, “Growth factors for wound healing,” BioTechnology, 7, 793-8, August 1989. (Oncogene Science Inc., Manhasset, N.Y.) " Lyme disease, a “disease of the year” for campers and suburbanites, is caused by a spirochete, which (uniquely for bacteria) has a linear chromosome.
M.S. Ferdows, A.G. Barbour, “Megabase-sized linear DNA in the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease agent,” PNAS, 86, 5969-73, August 1989. (University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio)
" Review journals such as Trends in Biochemical Sciences have become...