The Beckman Research Institute
(BRI) is a research facility affiliated with the City of Hope National Medical Center
in Duarte, CA
. It is dedicated to studying normal and abnormal biological processes which may be related to cancer
. The institute was founded in 1951, and endowed by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman
Foundation in 1983 when it was given its current name. It was the first of five Beckman institutes in the United States
. It also hosts the City of Hope Graduate School of Biological Sciences
whose founding dean is Arthur Riggs
. The BRI's director is Richard Jove, Ph.D.
On November 15, 2002, BRI announced that the fruit fly developed homosexual preferences when temperatures were increased.
Geo magazine reported, "The male flies displayed clear heterosexual activities when temperatures were at 19 degrees (Celsius), but above 30 degrees their behavior changed within minutes."
The Beckman Institute
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign