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Human Genome News, September 1991; 3(3)
On June 24 the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) held its first Grantees Workshop in Bethesda, Maryland, in conjunction with the semiannual meeting of the Program Advisory Committee on the Human Genome (PACHG). Over 125 grantees, advisors, scientists, and invited guests attended the 1-day workshop to discuss the state of physical mapping, assess progress toward the Human Genome Project's 5-year goals for physical mapping, and address future mapping directions and needs. Oral and poster presentations were given on work performed under more than 50 active physical mapping and mapping technology development grants.
After welcoming remarks by NCHGR Director James Watson and PACHG Chair Paul Berg, the morning program focused on technology development for physical mapping.
Grantees presented summaries of their work at poster sessions, where they had the opportunity to talk with other grantees and advisors. A panel composed of PACHG members and chaired by Norton Zinder (Rockefeller University) led discussions on the state of physical mapping, primarily on improvements in the resolution of in situ hybridization and other mapping studies. Additional topics were YAC technology limits, existing YAC libraries' status, and potential ways to improve the YAC system.
Grantees and advisors concluded that the workshop provided a useful forum for NCHGR-supported investigators to discuss their work and meet with others in the field. PACHG members strongly recommended that similar workshops be held annually.
Reported by Mark Guyer, Assistant Director for Program Coordination
and Joyce Rudick, Program Assistant
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