Although this endowment of 5 million dollars to the University of Texas by J. Virgil and M. June Waggoner through the Waggoners Foundation in 1997 did not produce any traces of the Alcoholic gene DNA sequence, it does show that funds are available for this research in the DNA labeling of the Alcoholic in the Texas University system and that this money can be found. It just takes the right AA members to solicit the right person to get a grant to further the the search for the Bill Wilson Alcoholic DNA gene sequence to aid the Hazelden Foundation in identifying and cataloging the lifetime customers they want at birth.
Alcoholism Research and the Genetic Equation
Alcoholism has plagued human societies since ancient times. Long misunderstood as a moral or social problem, it was recognized in the 20th century as a disease. More recently, accumulating evidence from molecular biology and population studies has taught us that this disease has a genetic basis. A major gift to The University of Texas at Austin seeks to clarify that genetic basis at the molecular level.
In September 1997, J. Virgil and M. June Waggoner began funding a $5 million pledge from their Waggoners Foundation to establish an alcoholism research program in the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology. This generous contribution will establish an endowed chair and two professorships, as well as a permanent endowment for the research initiative. To augment established alcoholism-related programs at The University, UT will seek to match the Waggoners' gift through fundraising from private sources during the Capital Campaign.