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Nobel Prize winners will meet at the Berlin ICC trade fair grounds
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International Congress of Genetics to be held in Berlin

June 11, 2008

For the first time in 81 years the International Congress of Genetics will take place in Germany again. From July 12-17, six Nobel Prize winners will get together with more than 2000 scientists at the Berlin ICC trade fair grounds to discuss the latest findings in genetics and genome analysis.

The congress topics include all relevant genetic fields. Stem cell research, the genetics of cancer, applied plant genetics, and new, futuristic topics like synthetic biology that are sure to attract attention.

More than 280 renowned speakers, 10 plenary sessions, 54 symposia, and 1400 scientific posters offer insight into the diversity of current genetic research and science. Aside from the role genetic engineering might play in fighting hunger, legal and ethical aspects of genetic research will also be discussed. The history of the genetic field itself will be the topic of one symposium.

The “Who’s Who of Genetics” in Berlin

There will be six Nobel Prize winners attending the congress. These include Prof Mario R Capecchi and Prof. Oliver Smithies, who were honoured most recently for their achievements in 2007. They received the Nobel Prize for “Physiology or Medicine” in recognition of their research which contributed significantly to the development of one of the most important model organisms in science, the so called “knock-out-mouse”. The term “knock-out” indicates that it is possible to turn off single targeted genes in such mice.

The congress is hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Genetik (GfG; German Genetics Society), its president, Prof Alfred Nordheim, is also the secretary general of the congress.



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