The 2008 Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation Genetics Prize goes to Allan Spradling, director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Embryology and HHMI researcher. Gruber carried out the first successful gene therapy in the fruit fly, laying the groundwork for studying development and disease using Drosophila as a model organism. He will be awarded a gold medal and $500,000 on July 13 at the International Congress of Genetics in Berlin.

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