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RNAi, MicroRNA, and Non-Coding RNA (C8)

Organizer(s) Judy Lieberman and Phillip A. Sharp
March 25—30, 2008
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, British Columbia Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 27, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 27, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 27, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 28, 2008

Sponsored by Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, and Santaris Pharma A/S

Summary of Meeting:
RNA interference (RNAi) describes a variety of evolutionarily conserved mechanisms for regulating gene transcription and post-transcriptional events that are important for controlling development and cell proliferation, survival, differentiation and effector functions. RNAi also protects the genome from transposons and viruses. This meeting will explore recent developments in understanding the molecular mechanisms and cell biology of RNA-based post-transcriptional silencing and for maintaining regions of silenced chromatin. It will consider methods to uncover regulatory networks of endogenous microRNAs and their target genes and illustrative examples in a variety of organisms. Recent advances in harnessing RNA interference for genetic screening and therapeutic gene silencing will also be explored.

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Scholarship / Award Information


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    • Grammar and spelling
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    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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