NIH Press Advisory
National Human Genome Research Institute

Monday, January 19, 1998

Sharon Durham
Leslie Fink
(301) 402-0911

Vice President to Make Announcement About Promise and Responsibility
of Genetics Research, 3 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, January 20, National Academy of Sciences

Bethesda, MD--Vice President Al Gore will on Tuesday (1/20) make an announcement about the promise and responsibility of genetic research and the use of genetic information in the workplace during a ceremony hosted by the Genome Action Coalition at the National Academy of Sciences.

The Vice President will make the announcement at the third Annual James D. Watson Lecture, a 3 p.m. ceremony at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington D.C. Media interested in covering the Vice President's remarks should arrive at the NAS building auditorium at 2101 Constitution Avenue by 2 p.m.

The lecture is held each year by The Genome Action Coalition, a voluntary association of 125 patient advocacy and professional groups and bio-pharmaceutical companies, which seeks to engender support for genome research among policy makers and the public. The group focuses primarily on the Human Genome Project, the international research initiative to decipher the instructions encoded in human DNA, the hereditary material.