Aida Al-Aqeel, senior medical genetics adviser at Prince Sultan Military Medical City, briefed the attendees on the Saudi Human Genome
Project and personal medicine.
The scientists involved hope that building a human genome
could provide geneticists with a better understanding of how humans are wired, and potentially assist in treating disease and ultimately saving lives.
The use of the PacBio RS II Sequencing System, which enabled the team to accurately sequence and assemble these complex stretches of the human genome
, was critical to the researchers' discoveries.
's board spurned the approach from Britain's biggest drugmaker last month, saying it did not reflect the company's inherent value.
At present, it is estimated that the human genome
encodes for [?]30,000 genes.
In April 2010, Human Genome
said Novartis withdrew its Marketing Authorization Application for Joulferon from the European Medicines Agency.
, which is developing the drug in partnership with Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, said it expects results of ACHIEVE 1 in March 2009.
Genome scientists recently have completed the first phase of a massive collaborative project, supported by the National Human Genome
Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health, called ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements).
The National Human Genome
Research Institute (NHGRI) led the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) contribution to the International Human Genome
Project, whose primary goal was the sequencing of the human genome
Among them: Georgia Dunston, founding director of the National Human Genome
Center at Howard University; Bruce Jackson, founder of the African-American DNA Roots Project; and Charles Crutchfield, a clinical dermatologist who used genetic research to develop a treatment for psoriasis.
Collins, director of the National Human Genome
Lerman, a MacArthur Fellow known for her far-reaching community and age blind choreographic work, sought out dozens of scientists to explore the extraordinary possibilities and dilemmas arising from the recent groundbreaking map of the human genome
. "Dance," Lerman insists, "can be something to make more people think." Feb.