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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


The Human Genome Project,
Heading for Payoff...

with
Thomas J. Hudson, Montreal Genome Centre

As the human genome sequencing project nears completion, researchers have begun grappling with its implications for the study of life processes and the understanding of disease. The impact of genomics can be seen in the explosion of new protein technologies, the tremendous growth of the biotechnology industry and the almost daily media stories of new disease gene discoveries for major diseases such as diabetes, asthma and cancer.

Tom Hudson will present the ABC's of the Human Genome Project- this massive, multidisciplinary effort, in which biologists have been joined by engineers, mathematicians, chemists, computer scientists, physicians, ethicists, demographers, and sociologists.

Dr. Thomas J. Hudson is Director of the Montreal Genome Centre and Assistant Director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research. An internationally-renowned specialist in genomics, he led the effort to generate dense physical and gene maps of the human and mouse genomes. He has also been a leader in the development and applications of robotic systems and DNA-chip based methodologies for genome research.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Co-Sponsors:
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
--NSERC

DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2001 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am