Address by His Majesty the Emperor
I should like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the recipient of the 23rd International Prize for Biology, Dr. David Swenson Hogness.
Dr. Hogness has studied the gene structure and functions of higher eukaryotes using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, and achieved numerous progresses in elucidating the regulatory mechanisms of gene expression. His work constituted the crucial contribution to the development of the field of research known today as genomics. For his memorable work, I extend Dr. Hogness my deepest respect.
Tremendous advances have been made in genomics, and their impact on the life science is truly immeasurable. In the field of taxonomy, my area of research, genomics has also undergone remarkable development and taken on a growing importance in systematics. I feel that the seeds sown by Dr. Hogness have begun to sprout and bear fruit in diverse scientific fields as well as in their applications.
In concluding my remarks, I wish Dr. Hogness good health and look forward to his continued and active leadership for the advancement of this vital field.