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What genes are telling researchers today focus of annual lecture

August 16, 1996 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – The vast amounts of genetic information being discovered in biological research today are providing researchers with a new set of tools and information for tackling problems in biology and medicine. How this increasing wealth of information will help to unlock solutions to complex biological and medical problems will be the focus of the 11th annual Herbert M. Parker Lecture on Oct. 22, 1996.

Dr. David J. Galas, executive vice president and chief scientific officer for Darwin Molecular Corporation, Bothell, Wash., will deliver the lecture, What Genes are Trying to Tell Us: Gene Discovery and Complex Biological Problems. The lecture will be held at 4:30 p.m., at the Best Western Tower Inn, Richland, Wash., and is free and open to the public.

Galas will discuss new technical developments including improvements to existing and new methods for gene discovery, techniques for measuring the expression of many genes at once and other approaches to understanding gene function. He also will discuss recent work in the genetics of Alzheimer's disease and aspects of biological aging.

Before joining Darwin Molecular Corporation in 1993, Galas was the director for Health and Environmental Research, Office of Energy Research, Department of Energy. Galas has served on several national committees and boards, including the National Academy of Science Board on Biology, the National Center for Genome Resources Board of Governors and three separate committees under the White House Office on Science and Technology.

The lecture series is named in honor of Dr. Herbert M. Parker, a pioneer in radiological physics, and is intended to honor contemporary scientists who emulate Parker's high technical standards and enhance public understanding of radiological health issues. Parker, whose career spanned more than half a century, was instrumental in the development of radiation techniques for treating cancer. He is recognized widely for his development of radiological physics and radiation biology research programs at Hanford. His Hanford career began in 1944, and he was an active consultant to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory until his death in 1984.

The lecture is a highlight of the 35th Hanford Symposium on Health and the Environment, Microbial Genome Research and its Applications, to be held Oct. 21-24 in Richland, Wash.

For more information on the Herbert M. Parker Lecture or the symposium, call Teresa Zinn, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, at (509) 375-2797.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, Biology

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