At this inaugural Genome Biology conference, which marks the journal’s 10thanniversary and the recent launch of its sister journal Genome Medicine, leading researchers and industry representatives from around the globe will gather to review progress in key areas of post-genomic research in biology and medicine and to chart future developments, including the Human Microbiome Project and the resequencing of matched tumour and normal genomes from specific types of cancers.
The past ten years have brought rapid progress to the field of genomic research, which is beginning to have a great impact on our understanding of functional and regulatory genomics, human health and disease.
Almost a decade after the release of the first draft of the human genome sequence, determining the true number of human genes continues to be contentious. Advances in powerful sequencing and assembly technologies have enabled a clearer view of the actual human gene count.
Identifying the actual gene number in other genomes also continues to be a challenge. We are not simply the sum of our genes: amongst other factors, complex regulatory roles of small RNAs and other non-protein-coding genes, as well as the contribution of microbial genomes shape our development and the specific interplay of these factors continues to be much under debate.
Rapid recent technological advances have also provided new insights into human evolution, and by enabling the resequencing of matched tumour and normal genomes these advances are bringing us closer to a personalized medical approach.
Session 1: Sequencing cancer genomes
Session 2: The number of genes in a genome
Session 3: Microbiomes in human and other environments
Session 4: Insights from genomic analyses into evolution
Researchers, clinicians, graduate students, post doctoral fellows and biotechnological policy makers. Cutting-edge presentations will be delivered by internationally renowned researchers. Short oral platform presentations and posters will be selected from registrants.
Genome Biology publishes articles from the full spectrum of biology, including molecular, cellular, organism or population biology studied from a genomic perspective, as well as genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, genomic methods, sequence analysis, comparative biology and evolution.
Genome Medicine publishes articles in all areas of medicine studied from a genomic or post-genomic perspective. The journal has a special focus on the latest technologies and findings that have an impact on the understanding and management of human health and disease.
BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.
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