Nobel Laureates to Speak at Keystone Symposia RNA Silencing Conference

    SILVERTHORNE, Colo., April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Keystone
Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology will convene its conference on "The
Biology of RNA Silencing" on April 25, 2009 at the Fairmont Empress Victoria
in Victoria, British Columbia. This will be an opportunity to hear two Nobel
Laureates within the speaker line-up.

    Andrew Fire of Stanford University will deliver a keynote address on the
evening of April 25 on "Adventures in the Small RNA-ome." On Monday morning,
April 27, Craig Mello of the University of Massachusetts Medical School will
present on "Complexity of RNA Silencing in C. elegans." Both scientists shared
the 2006 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their pioneering work discovering how
certain RNA molecules can be used to turn off specific genes in animal cells -
a phenomenon known as RNA interference, or RNAi.

    Also speaking on April 27 will be David Baulcombe, winner of the 2008
Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. A scientist at the University of
Cambridge, Baulcombe won that award along with Victor Ambros of the University
of Massachusetts Medical School and Gary Ruvkun of Harvard Medical
School/Massachusetts General Hospital for work on small RNAs and gene

    The four-day conference will bring together more than 400 leading
researchers from around the world working in different branches of RNA
silencing to share their findings and facilitate a deeper understanding of the
breadth and complexity of small RNA-related phenomena. RNA silencing pathways
control an ever-expanding range of biological phenomena; defects in these
pathways lead directly to disease, and RNA molecules can be used as powerful
therapeutic agents. Our ability to harness RNA silencing for therapeutic
purposes depends critically on our knowledge of the underlying biology.

    The conference's scientific organizers are Witold Filipowicz of Friedrich
Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Switzerland and Erik Sontheimer
of Northwestern University in the USA. Both also have done groundbreaking RNA

    For more information about the conference, visit

    About Keystone Symposia

    Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, a 501(c)3 non-profit
organization, has been conducting open, international scientific conferences
since 1972 and has been headquartered in Summit County, Colorado since 1990
when it left the University of California at Los Angeles. Annually, Keystone
Symposia holds more than 50 meetings involving more than 13,000 scientists
from around the world.


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