The National Academy of Sciences is featuring an Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on The Tapestry of Life: Lateral Transfers of Heritable Elements scheduled for December 12-13, 2005 at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA.
What Darwin saw as a tree of life descending in a linear fashion, is now more accurately seen as a tapestry of life, an anastomosing network, with important lateral transfers of heritable elements among parallel lines of descent. These transfers range in complexity from small insertion sequences, to whole genes, gene islands, and portions of whole genomes which may be combined in symbiogenesis. The purpose of the colloquium is to bring together researchers, empirical and theoretical, working at all levels on genomics, comparative genomics, and metagenomics to identify common and differentiating features of lateral gene transfer and to examine their implications for science and for human concerns.
The general participant registration fee is $250 (late registration fee is $350 after September 30th) and a reduced all-inclusive registration fee of $100 is offered to Graduate Students and Postdocs. The registration fee includes the cost of meals, reception, and banquet.
The organizers have added a poster session to the Colloquium, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Beckman Center on Monday, December 12th. General participants and students are eligible to participate in the poster session.
For more information about the poster session and the Colloquium, or to register, please go to www.nas.edu/sackler/tapestry or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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