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In this way, says Burggren, researchers
put together that colorful quilt woven from
the threads of many animals.
In 1999, UNT initiated the formation of
the Environmental and Genetic Growth Sci-
ences (EGGS), a global collaboration of phys-
iologists interested in heart development.
The importance of this cooperative effort
is reflected by major international support of
grants funded by the U.S. National Science
Foundation, UNT, the state of Texas, Austria,
Germany, Britain, Japan, Israel and Chile.
EGGS conducts global research designed
to investigate the cardiovascular growth of
developing animals. The collaboration also
seeks to understand how genetics and envi-
ronment shape the developing heart.
EGGS researchers have concluded that
genes and environment interact in ways that
were far more complex than first theorized.
This has led them to rethink the simple
"nature" vs. "nurture" view of development.
Although his research influences global
science, Burggren's contribution to science
and education starts at home in Texas. His
lab is a classroom for post-doctoral, gradu-
ate and undergraduate students from the
United States and such countries as Japan,
Canada, Germany and Austria. Their studies
in heart development prepare them for
careers in basic research, applied health sci-
ences and medicine.
"At no time in its history has the study
of the development of vertebrate organisms
been at a more exciting juncture," says
"Researchers in this area are now employ-
ing new microscopic tools and blending com-
puter hardware and software in fantastic
He notes that our understanding about how
animals develop is leaping to a new level.
"International commitment, talented stu-
dents, new tools and experimental models
along with funding are allowing us to learn
more at a faster rate," he says.
As the leader of the EGGS project, Texas
is making a major contribution to this field
"The state of Texas can be proud of her
students, professors and researchers, because
they are dedicated to studies that may one
day save human lives," Burggren says.
Edward Dzialowski, Ph.D.,
research assistant professor
of biological sciences, uses
a microscope attached to
a camera to examine the
heart of a developing
embryo inside its egg.
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