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The Biology Of Genomes
May 8 - 12, 2012
Abstract Deadline: February 24, 2012


Carlos Bustamante, Stanford University
Susan Celniker, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Joel Hirschhorn, The Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT
Chris Ponting, University of Oxford, UK

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We are pleased to host the 25th annual meeting on genome science, The Biology of Genomes, which will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 and run thru lunch on Saturday, May 12.

The 2012 meeting will address DNA sequence variation and its role in molecular evolution, population genetics and complex diseases, comparative genomics, large-scale studies of gene and protein expression, and genomic approaches to ecological systems. Both technologies and applications will be emphasized. In addition there will be a special session on the ethical, legal and social implications of genome research.

Keynote Speakers:
Debbie Nickerson,
University of Washington
Susan Wessler,
University of California, Riverside

Confirmed Session Chairs:
Doris Bachtrog, University of California Berkeley
Barak Cohen, Washington University School of Medicine
Emmanouil Dermitzakis, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Luis Herrera-Estrella, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
Simon Myers, Oxford University, UK
John Novembre, University of California Los Angeles
Duncan Odom, University of Cambridge, UK
Elaine Ostrander, National Human Genome Reseach Institute
Lior Pachter, University of California, Berkeley
Stephen Quake, Stanford University / HHMI
Paul Spellman, University of California, Berkeley
Angelike Stathopoulos, California Institute of Technology
Benjamin Voight, University of Pennsylvania
Patricia Wittkopp, University of Michigan

Confirmed Session Titles:
High Throughput Genomics & Genetics
Genetics of Complex Traits
Functional and Cancer Genomics
Computational Genomics
Evolutionary Genomics
Population Genomic Variation
Genetics and Genomics of Non-Human Species

ELSI Panel
: Genomic Literacy for the Public
Kelly Ormond, Stanford University School of Medicine
Kim Kaphingst, Washington University of St Louis
Jon Miller, Michigan State University
Wayne Grody, UCLA School of Medicine

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

NEW! Pre-meeting workshop: Working with ENCODE Data. On May 8th, there will be a pre-meeting workshop on accessing ENCODE data using different genome browsers. Click here for more details.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Apply in writing to stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor in May.

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by: 
National Human Genome Research Institute

We have funds to provide partial scholarships for individuals who are US citizens/permanent residents from minority groups under-represented in the life sciences. Please provide justification in writing to and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.


Academic Package $1350
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1120
Corporate Package $1740
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $915

Corporate No-Housing Package $1170
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Regular packages are all inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, wine-and-cheese party, lobster banquet, etc. No Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due 4 weeks prior to the meeting.



Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Meetings & Courses Program
PO Box 100, 1 Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724-2213
Phone (516) 367-8346
Fax: (516) 367-8845