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REF NO.: 82

SUBJECT: Memorial University presents the Canada Research Chair lecture, Fish and Gene Chips: An Array of Possibilities

DATE: Dec. 1,2006

Memorial University presents the Canada Research Chair lecture, Fish and Gene Chips: An Array of Possibilities on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. in the Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall, Irwin’s Road. 
            Dr. Matthew Rise, Canada Research Chair in Marine Biotechnology, will talk about genomic techniques, using resources such as DNA microarrays (gene chips) and DNA sequence databases, which are revolutionizing research in areas such as medicine and toxicology. Gene chips allow researchers to study the expression of thousands of genes simultaneously. Dr. Rise uses gene chips from different fish species, including Atlantic salmon and zebrafish, to reveal the key genes involved in fish embryonic, larval, and adult defense against pathogens and environmental stress. His genomic research will likely stimulate the development of effective diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics, and other products that will have a positive impact on the health of cultured and wild marine finfish.
            The lecture is open to the public. Parking is available in front of R. Gushue Hall and in Lot 15. A reception will follow the lecture.

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