Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


50th anniversary symposium marks half-century of mammalian genetics

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 6, 1997 — A symposium in honor of 50 years of mammalian genetics research at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at ORNL's Wigner Auditorium.

Mammalian genetics research in Oak Ridge began in November 1947 when Dr. William Russell and his wife, Dr. Liane Russell, initiated the program.

During the past half-century, several well-known scientists have contributed to this Oak Ridge research , which has been conducted at the famous "Mouse House" located at the Y-12 Plant. The "Mouse House" can maintain as many as 180,000 mice.

Oak Ridge's mammalian genetics research has resulted in the development of efficient and informative methodologies for genetic studies. Many stocks of mutant mice have been generated and shared with researchers worldwide, and have become prime biological tools for studying gene function.

The symposium will not only recognize past accomplishments, but focus on the future of the program.

Guests scheduled to speak at the symposium are Nancy Jenkins, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, Md.; Ian Jackson, MRC Genetics Unit, Edinburgh, Scotland; David Kingsley, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.; Gene Rinchik, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y.; Terry Magnuson and Rick Woychik, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

For more information, call Grace Miller at 865-574-1282.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.