Media Advisory

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

National Cancer Institute Hosts Symposium on Chromosome Biology

What: Leading researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and around the world will present highlights of recent advances, define novel directions of basic chromosome research, and discuss the use and implications of these advances for clinical applications. Topics will also include transcriptional regulation (the mechanism that coordinates the expression of DNA), chromatin structure (the complex of nucleic acids and proteins in the cell nucleus that condenses to form chromosomes during cell division), epigenetics (the study of inherited changes in gene function that occur without a change in a sequence of DNA), the architecture of the nucleus, and DNA replication and repair.

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Who: Robert Wiltrout, Ph.D. (NCI), Center for Cancer Research, Director
Tom Misteli, Ph.D. (NCI), Symposium Chair

When: Thursday, April 26, 2007: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, April 27, 2007: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: NIH Campus, Natcher Conference Center, Main Auditorium, Bethesda, Md.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to use the Metro. The NIH campus can be easily accessed via the Medical Center stop on the Metro’s Red Line. For more info:

How: To register for the seminar, please contact the NCI Media Relations Branch at (301) 496-6641 or at The seminar will be held on the Dana-Farber campus.

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