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Human Genome News, September 1992; 4(3)
Some 55 Russian and 15 U.S. scientists attended the first Russian-American Human Genome Symposium, which was held in St. Petersburg on July 27-29. The meeting, sponsored by the Human Genome Council of Russia and the NIH National Center for Human Genome Research, was organized by the Institute of Cytology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology.
Participants found the symposium timely and interesting as they discussed their countries' human genome research and assessed possibilities for communication, cooperation, and collaboration. In 32 presentations and 25 posters, investigators explored progress in genetic and physical mapping, DNA sequencing, medical genetics, chromosome structure and function, and bioinformatics.
Presentations and discussions showed that effective human genome research has continued in Russia despite recent economic and political difficulties. Russian-American cooperation was strongly encouraged by attendees, who agreed that collaborations should be based on complementary scientific interests and built on one-to-one interactions between individuals.
To facilitate the numerous possible collaborations identified at the meeting, genome programs in the two countries will exchange investigators' e-mail addresses for quick and effective electronic communication. Also, U.S. researchers who are interested in providing Russian institutes with urgently needed scientific and genome-related journals should contact A. V. Zelenin at the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology (Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact for additional information about the meeting or possible support for U.S.-Russian collaborations:
Reported by Jane Peterson
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