Investing in Discovery
An Overview of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology
This division supports research on the structure of genetic material, including how that material functions, governs development, underlies inherited traits, influences behavior and affects susceptibility to diseases.
This division focuses on questions like:
- How do cells, including various kinds of stem cells, become specialized?
- How do genes control the life and death of cells and the daily (circadian) rhythms of organisms?
- How do organisms use proteins and small RNA molecules to regulate the activity of genes?
- What can we learn about human development, health and disease by studying organisms like bacteria, yeast and fruit flies?
- How and why has the genetic material of human populations changed over time?
The division also supports the Human Genetic Cell Repository , which houses a collection of carefully maintained human cell lines for use in biomedical research.
More information about this division is available at http://www.nigms.nih.gov/about/overview/gdb.htm.