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Genetics Society of America to host 2010 Yeast Genetics & Molecular Biology Meeting

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) will be hosting the 2010 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting, from July 27-August 1, 2010, at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. This biennial meeting brings together investigators studying various aspects of eukaryotic biology in yeast. The Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting is the most important scientific meeting for yeast biologists.

Program highlights for the 2010 Yeast Genetics Meeting include a lecture by Nobel Laureate (2009) Jack Szostak, and a special symposium featuring Nobel Laureates (2001) Paul Nurse and Lee Hartwell , and Marc Garneau (Canadian astronaut and Member of Parliament) that will address how scientific research and new discoveries impact and are impacted by society, policy, and funding issues. In addition, this year's meeting will feature special lectures and symposia, a series of presentations from this year's group of distinguished award winners, several workshop sessions on topics of interest, as well as platform and poster sessions based on abstracts.

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the 2010 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting, and can apply to receive a complimentary press badge. For more information on press policies and guidelines, media eligibility requirements, and online press registration, please see the "Press" page on the 2010 Yeast Genetics Meeting Web site at: If you are interested in attending the 2010 Yeast Genetics Meeting, please fill out the online press registration form at:


Special Symposium: "Discovery, Research and Society" Thursday, July 29
Presenters: Paul Nurse, 2001 Nobel Laureate and President, Rockefeller University, New York City; Leland Hartwell, 2001 Nobel Laureate and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle; and, Marc Garneau, Canadian astronaut and Member of Parliament.
This special presentation by speakers Nurse, Hartwell, and Garneau will address how scientific research and new discoveries impact and are impacted by society, policy, and funding issues.

Special Lecture: "DNA Ends: Just the Beginning" Saturday, July 31
Presenter: Jack Szostak, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Szostak, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009 for his work on telomere structure and function, will present a special lecture on his research entitled, "DNA Ends: Just the Beginning."

Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation Friday, July 30
Recipient/Presenter: Paul Nurse, Rockefeller University, New York City
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors scientists that have demonstrated a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to the yeast genetics field, and outstanding community service.

Winge-Lindegren Address Saturday, July 31
Presenter: Jasper Rine, University of California, Berkeley
The Winge-Lindegren Address is presented by scientists whose significant contributions and unique perspectives have provided exceptional leadership in the field.

Lee Hartwell Lecture Wednesday, July 28
Presenter: Randy Schekman, University of California, Berkeley
Named in honor of Nobel Laureate Lee Hartwell, this award and lecture is presented by the scientist whose research on yeast genetics has made the most significant impact in the broader areas of biology.

Ira Herskowitz Award Presentation Tuesday, July 27
Recipient/Presenter: Brenda Andrews, University of Toronto
This award is presented to younger scientists whose cutting edge research and technological innovation have made the most significant impact on the field in the last 20 years.


The 2010 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting is open to print, online and broadcast news media and freelance science, medical and health writers on a verifiable assignment from an established news source. Complimentary meeting registration will be available to members of the media who provide appropriate press credentials and identification. Please visit the "Press" page on the 2010 Yeast Genetics Meeting site for more information: To register to attend the 2010 Yeast Genetics Meeting as a member of the press, please fill out the online form at:


Contact: Sherry Marts, PhD
Genetics Society of America

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