Navigation Links
From GM farm animals to embryonic stem cell research
Date:10/23/2007

Genomics and Society: Todays Answers, Tomorrows Questions taking place in London on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October 2007 - brings together policymakers, researchers and natural scientists with what is becoming the worlds largest concentration of social scientific research in the field of genomics - the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Genomics Network (EGN).

DNA, genes and chromosomes are often described as the 'genetic information' that makes us what we are at birth. By considering together all this material from an organism, scientists find what they call its genome.

Genomics is the science of these genomes - their sequencing, mapping, analysis, and manipulation all central to developments from GM crops and Dolly the sheep to DNA fingerprinting or treating diabetes and liver disease in humans.

This weeks landmark gathering provides a showcase for important research findings from the first five years of work by the ESRC Genomics Network ranging across five UK universities and involving more than 100 researchers as well as examining big new questions emerging as it moves on to a second exciting phase.

Embryonic stem cell research, genetic databases and biobanks, and the potential for huge advances in medicine, physical health and psychiatry, feature among topics covered in lectures, debates, seminars and exhibitions. Jon Marks, distinguished author and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, will deliver a keynote speech, whilst a debate, hosted with the Institute of Ideas, will ensue on the battle over ethics and regulation.

The event is organised by the Networks Genomics Policy and Research Forum, which connects social science research on genomics with public policy debates and decision-making.

Its director, Professor Steve Yearley, said: In the past week we have seen prominent genomics scientists, including Craig Venter and James Watson, bursting into the headlines. Genomics and Society: Todays Answers, Tomorrows Questions gives us a chance to examine the latest findings on how genomics - which embraces a whole range of biological processes from inheritance to development and beyond - is impacting on peoples lives.

The work of the ESRC Genomics Network spans the whole field - covering areas as diverse as plant genetics and issues around GM foods, embryonic stem cell research, health applications through biomedicine and gene therapy, and even creating new forms of life.

This landmark event marking the Networks transition to a new five-year phase of funding, gives the opportunity for a cross-fertilisation of ideas and healthy debate on the past, present and future roles of genomics in society.


Event: Todays Answers, Tomorrows Questions

Venue: One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA.

Time: From 9.15am on Thursday, October 25 2007

EVENT OUTLINE:

Thursday 25th October

Welcome by Professor Steve Yearley; keynote speech by Jon Marks, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and presentations from directors of the ESRC Genomics Network research centres.

In depth analyses including:

  • Do DNA databases offer the best route to a healthy population and a secure society";

  • Is genomics the latest technological fix for the developing world";

  • What is driving stem cell research"; and

  • Will genomics revolutionise psychiatry and understanding of the brain";

Friday 26th October

Introduction by Professor Ian Diamond, chief executive of the ESRC and policy sessions including: Public consultation; How to use genetic information to advance public health; and Dolly for Dinner': emerging animal breeding technologies.

Ethics and Regulation: A debate, hosted with the Institute of Ideas, focuses on the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill, and concerns and difficult questions raised.


'/>"/>

Contact: Danielle Moore
danielle.moore@esrc.ac.uk
01-793-413-122
Economic & Social Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Plants, animals share molecular growth mechanisms
2. Elephants imitate truck noises, other animals
3. Gene Therapy For Parkinsons Disease Moves Forward In Animals
4. Carnegie Mellon scientists develop tool that uses MRI to visualize gene expression in living animals
5. Gene therapy for Parkinsons disease moves forward in animals
6. Use of PET can reduce, may eliminate more strenuous drug development trials with animals
7. Undesirable expatriates: Preventing the spread of invasive animals
8. Two new retroviruses—transmitted from animals—identified
9. Stem cell therapy successfully treats heart attack in animals
10. More animals join the learning circle
11. Experimental vaccine protects lab animals against several strains of H5N1
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/15/2016)... , June 15, 2016 ... market report titled "Gesture Recognition Market by Application Market - Global ... 2016 - 2024". According to the report, the  global ... billion in 2015 and is estimated to grow ... 48.56 billion by 2024.  Increasing application ...
(Date:6/7/2016)... , June 7, 2016  Syngrafii Inc. ... a business relationship that includes integrating Syngrafii,s patented ... branch project. This collaboration will result in greater ... the credit union, while maintaining existing document workflow ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160606/375871LOGO ...
(Date:6/2/2016)... 2016   The Weather Company , an IBM Business ... industry-first capability in which consumers will be able to interact ... questions via voice or text and receive relevant information about ... Marketers have long sought an advertising solution that can ... personal, relevant and valuable; and can scale across millions of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Researchers at the Universita Politecnica delle ... people with peritoneal or pleural mesothelioma. Their findings are the subject of a new ... , Diagnostic biomarkers are signposts in the blood, lung fluid or tissue of mesothelioma ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... 2016 , ... UAS LifeSciences, one of the leading manufacturers ... Probiotics, into Target stores nationwide. The company, which has been manufacturing high quality ... list of well-respected retailers. This list includes such fine stores as Whole Foods, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... /PRNewswire/ - FACIT has announced the creation of ... company, Propellon Therapeutics Inc. ("Propellon" or "the Company"), ... portfolio of first-in-class WDR5 inhibitors for the treatment ... represent an exciting class of therapies, possessing the ... cancer patients. Substantial advances have been achieved with ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... HOUSTON , June 23, 2016 ... agreement with the Cy-Fair Sports Association to serve ... of the agreement, Houston Methodist Willowbrook will provide ... education and connectivity with association coaches, volunteers, athletes ... partner with the Cy-Fair Sports Association and to ...
Breaking Biology Technology: