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University of Iowa News Release

April 5, 2004

UI Schedules May 19-21 Genomics Workshop

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Comparative Genomics will host a National Science Foundation-funded workshop for biologists, "Frontiers in Genomics: Insights into Protist Evolutionary Biology," May 19-21.

Debashish Bhattacharya, associate professor of biological sciences and workshop organizer, says that the workshop is designed to define the role of genomics in the eukaryotic tree of life, to identify challenges in characterizing protist genomes and in proposing specific solutions to these challenges. Workshop findings will be disseminated through a peer-reviewed publication, online resources, and a public symposium to be held at the annual meeting of the Society of Protozoologists.

"Protists (one-celled organisms such as algae) constitute the bulk of eukaryotic (cell life) diversity yet protist genomes remain relatively unexplored. Work on protist genomes is, however, hampered by a lack of understanding of protistology among genomicists and vice versa. The workshop and symposium will bridge these two groups," Bhattacharya says.

Additional information may be obtained by visiting the workshop Web site at:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance the UI Department of Biological Sciences at 319-335-1053.

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