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NIH Media Advisory

NCI and NHGRI Launch Comprehensive Effort to Explore Cancer Genomics

What: The National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute will host a press conference to launch a human cancer genome pilot project. The project will lay the foundation for exploring genomic changes involved in cancer, with the ultimate goal of developing new means of preventing, detecting and treating cancer.
Who: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., NHGRI director
Anna D. Barker, Ph.D., NCI deputy director
When: Tuesday, December 13, 2005, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. ET
Where: Ballroom, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Note: Reporters may listen via teleconference by calling 1-800-479-9001 and entering the participant code: 9281704. Please dial in to the press conference 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

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