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Human Genome Quarterly, Winter 1990; 1(3)

Consecutive Meetings Bring Diverse Groups Together

Participants See Need for Interdisciplinary Effort

Genes and Machines, Chapter II

An international symposium and workshop, MacroMolecules, Genes and Computers, was held August 13-18 in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Some 200 people, including mathematicians, computer scientists, molecular biologists, and geneticists, attended the conference. Deemed a great success by those participating, Genes and Machines, Chapter II was sponsored jointly by the NIH National Library of Medicine and the Molecular Biology Computer Research Resource at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard School of Public Health. Support for the meeting also came from the NIH Division of Research Resources and a number of commercial companies.

Two central themes emerged:

  1. Familiarity with a broad range of topics is needed for complete understanding of the information encoded in the human genome.
  2. There is a need for complex analysis tools and methodologies and for database support.

Topics covered by the 43 invited speakers were organized into the following sessions:

  • Molecular-Molecular Recognition;
  • Regulatory Signal Transduction Networks;
  • Comparative Sequence Analyses;
  • Function Pattern Correlate Identification;
  • Genomic Organization; Databases: Interconnection, Utility and Management; and
  • Future Directions.

Along with the more than 4 days of presentations, two afternoon workshops provided participants with hands-on opportunities to use new hardware and software.


Reported by Karen D. Gruskin
Baylor College of Medicine and
Temple F. Smith
Molecular Biology Computer Research Resource
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard School of Public Health

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