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You're invited: June 10 talk by Nobel Prize winner David Baltimore takes place at Center for Comparative Medicine's 10th Anniversary Event

May 8, 2008

David Baltimore, winner of the 1975 Nobel Prize, is the featured speaker June 10, 2008 at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Center for Comparative Medicine.

The School of Veterinary Medicine cordially invites all interested members of the public to the free talk at 3:00 p.m. in Gladys Valley Hall on the UC Davis campus. A reception follows at 5 p.m. in the Center for Comparative Medicine. 
Baltimore joins Lt. Governor John Garamendi and other distinguished guests. Garamendi authored the California bond act that helped establish funding for construction of the center.

The School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine opened the Center for Comparative Medicine in 1998 to address fundamental questions about diseases shared by animals and humans. The “One Medicine” concept, developed by UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Professor Calvin W. Schwabe in the 1960s, emphasizes biological similarities between humans and other animals.  

Center researchers investigate viruses such as influenza and human immunodeficiency virus; bacterial diseases, including Lyme disease, Helicobacter gastritis and tuberculosis; and cancers. Faculty members develop animal models of disease. They also train veterinarians, physicians and other scientists for careers in comparative medical research and mouse biology.

At the age of 37, David Baltimore shared the Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of reverse transcriptase, the enzyme essential for the replication of retroviruses. Baltimore has profoundly influenced national science policy on such issues as recombinant DNA research and the AIDS epidemic. His discovery has also left its mark in the Center for Comparative Medicine. For example, Thomas North, Chris Miller and Paul Luciw study retroviruses associated with immunodeficiency disease in animals as models for HIV infection and AIDS.

For more information, please contact Anita Moore, assistant director, 530-752-1245,  

Read David Baltimore's Nobel prize lecture concerning connections among viruses of humans and animals, cancers and reverse transcriptase.