The origins of Individuality: Developmental determinants of health & lifespan
Why do some individuals live longer, age more gracefully, or have greater reproductive success than others? Though differing genetic background and environmental conditions play a role, even genetically identical organisms reared in homogeneous environments differ markedly in lifespan, fecundity, and tolerance to stressors. I hypothesize that variability in adult health and disease among otherwise identical individuals originates from stochastic fluctuations in organismal development. I will present my lab's initial progress in understanding how organisms address such “biological noise” in development and aging.
Arnold O. Beckman exemplifies the meaning of the word humanitarian. Combined with his unwavering enthusiasm for life, his keen sense of humor and his strong moral and ethical principles, he is a national icon.