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Science Magazine to Host Webinar on Advances in Cancer Genomics

The business office of Science, the world's leading peer-reviewed research journal, is partnering with Applied Biosystems, a division of Life Technologies Corporation, to produce a webinar on Advances in Cancer Genomics to be broadcast live online at 12 noon ET (4:00 GMT) April 30, 2009.

(PRWEB) April 15, 2009 -- The business office of Science, the world's leading peer-reviewed research journal, is partnering with Applied Biosystems, a division of Life Technologies Corporation, to produce a webinar on Advances in Cancer Genomics to be broadcast live online at 12 noon ET (4:00 GMT) April 30, 2009.

The webinar will feature a discussion of the latest advances in cancer genomics by a panel of experts including Sean Grimmond, Ph.D. of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, Australia; David Wheeler, Ph.D., of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas; and John McPherson, Ph.D., of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in Toronto, Canada and moderated by Sean Sanders, Ph.D., the Commercial Editor for Science.

Cancer is a complex family of diseases, characterized by the deregulation or dysregulation of the normal control pathways for cellular growth and/or cell death. Despite advances, technological limitations or excessive cost have historically restricted research into causative factors. Next-generation genomic platforms now are enabling scientists to study individual genomes in more depth, giving them a better understanding of the mechanisms of tumorigenesis, metastasis, and therapeutic response.

"Obtaining fundamental sequence data from both tumor and normal tissue is essential for understanding the pathways that lead to cancer," says Dr. Sanders. "With this information in hand, the multitude of subtle genetic changes that allow for cancer initiation and progression can be uncovered."

During this webinar, the expert panel will: provide a general overview of current technologies applied in cancer genomics research, discuss new technologies being used to advance the study of cancer, share recent data on how new technologies are impacting research on cancer genomics, and answer live questions from an international audience of scientists and students.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit

Applied Biosystems is a global leader in providing innovative instrument systems to accelerate academic and clinical research, drug discovery and development, pathogen detection and forensic DNA analysis. The technologies it markets include a robust line of DNA sequencing systems and chemistries to meet the increasing demands of the scientific community for higher throughput, more sophisticated DNA sequencing solutions. For more information, please visit

About Life Technologies
Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:LIFE) is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition. Our systems, consumables, and services enable researchers to accelerate scientific exploration, driving to discoveries and developments that make life even better. Life Technologies customers do their work across the biological spectrum, working to advance personalized medicine, regenerative science, molecular diagnostics, agricultural and environmental research, and 21st century forensics. Life Technologies had sales of more than $3 billion in 2008, employs approximately 9,500 people, has a presence in more than 100 countries, and possesses a rapidly growing intellectual property estate of approximately 3,600 patents and exclusive licenses. Life Technologies was created by the combination of Invitrogen Corporation and Applied Biosystems, Inc. For more information on how we are making a difference please visit our website:

About Science
Founded in 1880 by Thomas Edison and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science ranks as the world's largest general science journal. Each week, Science provides more than 131,000 global subscribers with peer-reviewed original research, scientific research articles, science and research news, and more.

About AAAS
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science ( AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The nonprofit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! at, the premier science news website, a service of AAAS.


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