Canadian genomics highlighted at international conference

HALIFAX, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Canadian genomics took centre stage at the Plant and Animal Genomics conference in San Diego last week as over 150 researchers and industry representatives from around the world gathered to hear about the work being done in Canadian institutions.

"We're thrilled with the interest in our research," said emcee, Dr. David Bailey, CEO, Genome Alberta. "It's very gratifying to see that Canada's investment has had such an impact."

The evening was hosted by Genome Canada's six regional genome centres, and included guests from industry, government and academic institutions, including the Canadian consulate in San Diego. It was designed to showcase Canadian genomics projects, and to stimulate research collaborations around the globe.

"Canadian genomics is world class," says attendee, Professor Ben Cocks, Research Director Biosciences, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia. "And the new research opportunities announced tonight are evidence that Canada will continue to lead competitive, cutting edge research, with strong potential for real-world application. Canada's collaborative model for large-scale genomics research is a groundbreaking achievement."

Although the Canadian genome centres have interests in many areas such as human health genomics, the event focused on plants and animals to correspond with the interests of the conference delegates. Projects ranged from fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture, to forestry, biofuels and bioproducts, and the environment and metagenomics.

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For further information: For further information: Sue Coueslan, Director of Communications and Government Relations, Genome Atlantic, (902) 421-5683, (c) (902) 222-3178,

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