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World's Leading Genomic Researchers to Gather at 12th International Genome Sequencing and Analysis Conference


World's Leading Genomic Researchers to Gather at 12th International Genome Sequencing and Analysis Conference

June 5, 2000

ROCKVILLE, MD -- The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) announced today that it will hold its 12th Annual International Genome Sequencing and Analysis Conference (GSAC) on Tuesday, September 12 through Friday, September 15, 2000 at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort and Towers in Miami, Florida. Recent advances in genomics are the primary focus of this meeting. The GSAC conference began in 1989 in Washington, DC. Critically acclaimed throughout the scientific community, GSAC will assemble the world's leading genome researchers to present their current research developments.

"Through GSAC we bring scientists together to review and discuss the latest developments in the field of genomics," said Claire Fraser, President of TIGR. International experts from academia, government, and the private sector will be represented during GSAC—¹s continuing plenary sessions. The conference program plenary sessions will highlight the following topics: "Advances in Agriculture/Plant Genomics"; "The Human Genome"; "Genome Biology "; and "Frontiers In Biology & Medicine". In addition, three concurrent sessions will be held daily covering specific advances in the areas of Technology, Bioinformatics and Genomics. Throughout this 3-day conference, scientific posters as well as electronic posters will be displayed and the authors will be on hand to discuss their papers. Plenary Speakers include:

Jeff Dangl, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Edward DeLong, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Monterey, CA; Joseph Ecker, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Malcolm Gardner, The Institute for Genomic Research; Richard Gibbs, Baylor University Medical School; Samir Kaul, The Institute for Genomic Research; Michael Laub, Stanford University; Brent Mishler, University of California/Berkeley; Rino Rappuoli, IRIS, Chiron SpA; Gene Robinson, University of Illinois; Frank Rosenzweig, University of Florida; Gerald Rubin, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Mathias Uhlen, Royal Institute of Technology; and J. Craig Venter, Celera Genomics.

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to meet representatives from nearly 150 biotech companies who will showcase their current advances in technology that will benefit the genomics field.

TIGR continues it reputation of hosting professional, scientific conferences with the upcoming 4th Conference on Computational Genomics, November 16-18, 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland and the next Microbial Genome Conference, January 2001, being held in Monterey, California and co-sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

At the forefront of the emerging area of genomic science since its inception, TIGR is a not-for-profit research institute founded in 1992 with interests in structural, functional and comparative analysis of genomes and gene products in bacteria (pathogenic or disease causing and environmental) archaea and eukaryotes, both plant and animal.

For additional information on attending this year's conference or exhibiting at next years, please see www.tigr.org/conf/ or contact TIGR's Department of Conferences, Education and Training at (301) 610-5959.