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6 Nobel Prize Winners at International Congress of Genetics
Date:6/2/2008

"knock-out-mouse". The term "knock-out" indicates that it is possible to turn off single targeted genes in such mice. Prof. Christiane Nsslein-Volhard from Tbingen received the highest scientific award together with Eric F. Wieschaus for groundbreaking findings in the genetic control of early embryonic development. Richard Axel has been honored for his contributions to the understanding of the sense of smell, and Phillip A. Sharp received the award for the discovery of so called "mosaic genes", in which the genetic information for the formation of proteins is interrupted by other information units (introns).

75th Anniversary of the Nazi Eugenics Law Prompts a Statement

On the 14th of July, the topic "eugenics" will be part of the congress program. At 12:30pm, Prof. Andre Reis as President of the German Society of Human Genetics and Prof. Wolfram Henn, president of the society's ethics committee, will present a statement of German human geneticists on the responsibilities for the history of their field. This will take place on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the enactment of the "law to prevent hereditary diseased offspring", which was implemented on the 14th of July in 1933, and which gave grounds for the inhuman, forced sterilizations and the euthanasia program. The German Society for Human Genetics comments on the scientists involved then, and takes a stand regarding the current position of German genetics. Afterwards, Mr. Reis and Mr. Henn, as well as Prof. Alfred Nordheim (GfGPresident and co-signer of the statement) and the Canadian expert for health care law, Prof. Bartha Maria Knoppers, will be available for questioning.

Preliminary ICG-Press-Program

12th of July, 3pm, ICC Berlin, room 44: Kick-off-Press conference with the Nobel Prize winners Prof. Mario R. Capecchi, Prof. Oliver Smithies, and Prof. Christiane Nsslein-Volhard, the Secretary General of the European Research Council, Prof. Ernst- Ludwig Winnacker
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