events that followed the visit of the President
of Estonia to the official opening of Citrina
Laboratory in Tartu have led to several new initiatives in promoting
the development of modern gene technology in Estonia. The establishment
of the Estonian Genome Foundation can be considered one of the most important
undertakings at this point of time. In the light of growing interest towards
the applications of modern gene technology as well as molecular medicine,
and the number of people declaring their wish to become a founding member
of the Estonian Genome Foundation, we trust the establishment of this foundation
to be both anticipated and necessary initiative.
" … when
I was a student, I associated the name of Tartu with the life of the mind,
with openness to the rest of the world, with custodianship of the values
and traditions of the great university… … Even during those days when this
was a closed town and a closed country, it remained open to the world and
kept alive the flame of knowledge in a number of areas: genetics, semiotics
and study of literature…"
Deputy Secretary of the State of the US Extract from Strobe Talbotts speech
delivered at the Town Hall in Tartu on 23 January 2000.