Newswise — The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce the 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference, March 30-April 3, 2011 at the Town & Country Resort & Conference Center, San Diego, California. This annual meeting brings together basic research scientists, who study genetic models in Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, whose hereditary traits Thomas Hunt Morgan first studied nearly a century ago. Research in Drosophila continues to push the boundaries of our knowledge of genetics and biology, including human biology.

Representatives of the Media are cordially invited to attend the scientific presentations. If you are interested in attending, please contact: Phyllis Edelman, pedelman@genetics-gsa.org, 301-634-7302 to register.

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

Plenary Sessions:Plenary Sessions will cover the breadth of contemporary research being conducted in Drosophila from population genetics, neurobiology to chromosome biology. For more information on the meeting, see the website at http://www.drosophila-conf.org/2011/index.shtml.

Session I: Thursday, March 31, 8:30 AM – 12:10 PMSession II: Sunday, April 3, 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM

• Kami Ahmad (Harvard Medical School)• Vivian Budnik (University of Mass Medical School)• Anna Dornhaus (University of Arizona)• Paul Garrity (Brandeis University)• Lawrence Goldstein (University of California –San Diego)• Eric Lai (Sloan-Kettering Institute)• Brian Lazzaro (Cornell University)• Therese Markow (University of California –San Diego)• Linda Partridge (Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne and University College London, UK)• Eric Wieschaus (Princeton University)• Patricia Wittkopp (University of Michigan)• Igor Zhimulev (Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medical, Novosibirsk, Russia) GENERAL PRESS INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION:The 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference is open to print, online and broadcast news media and freelance science, medical and health writers on a verifiable assignment from an established news source. Complimentary meeting registration will be available to members of the media who provide appropriate press credentials and identification.

ABOUT THE GENETICS SOCIETY OF AMERICAFounded in 1931, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) is the professional membership organization for geneticists and science educators. Its more than 4,000 members work to advance knowledge in the basic mechanisms of inheritance, from the molecular to the population level. The GSA is dedicated to promoting research in genetics and to facilitating communication among geneticists worldwide through The Genetics Society of America Conferences including the biennial conference on Model Organisms to Human Biology, an interdisciplinary meeting on current and cutting edge topics in genetics research, and annual and biennial meetings that focus on the genetics of particular organisms. GSA publishes GENETICS, the leading journal in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit www.genetics-gsa.org.


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