Webcast will ensure broad public access to the UC Santa Cruz Public Forum on Human Genome Research

SANTA CRUZ, CA--The University of California, Santa Cruz, will host a public forum on human genome research on Saturday, August 25, featuring a keynote address by Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and a moderated discussion by a panel of experts. Public interest in this free event has been strong, and most of the advance tickets have already been claimed. For those unable to attend in person, however, a live webcast of the forum will be available online. For more information, visit the web site for the UCSC Human Genome Symposium at http://genomesymposium.ucsc.edu/

The forum will address research on the human genome and its implications for the future of medicine and society. It will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Music Center Recital Hall on the UC Santa Cruz campus. All 400 seats in the Recital Hall have been reserved and tickets are going fast for seats in the overflow site, which will have a live link to the Recital Hall.

The forum's panelists will include Collins; Eugene Myers, vice president of informatics research at Celera Genomics; Mary-Claire King, professor of medicine and genetics at the University of Washington; and Robert Sinsheimer, UCSC chancellor emeritus and professor of biology emeritus. National Public Radio science reporter Richard Harris, a UCSC graduate, will serve as moderator.

The public forum is being held in conjunction with a scientific workshop, which will be closed to all but the invited participants. Some of the scientists taking part in the workshop also attended the historic 1985 workshop at UCSC that helped launch the Human Genome Project. The 1985 workshop was organized by Sinsheimer, then chancellor of the UCSC campus. With the completion of a working draft of the human genome sequence in 2000, eminent scientists are gathering again at UCSC to discuss future directions for research on the human genome.


Contact: Tim Stephens
University of California - Santa Cruz

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