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MIT genetics expert Eric Lander to discuss Human Genome Project at 4:15 Friday

MIT Professor Eric Lander, director of the Whitehead-MIT Center for Genome Research, will deliver a lecture on the Human Genome Project at 4:15pm Friday, February 16 in Room 10-250. The talk is open to the MIT community on a first-come, first-served basis.

The talk will be webcast live, and available on an on-demand basis after the event.

The lecture will also be broadcast on MIT Cable and shown in the following MIT rooms: 2-105, 2-131, 2-135, 2-136, 2-139, 2-142, 2-143, 2-146, 2-147, 4-231, E51-145.

Professor Lander and his research group have developed many of the tools of modern genome research -- including genomic maps of humans, mice and rats in connection with the Human Genome Project and techniques for genetic analyses of complex, multigenic traits. He has applied these techniques to the understanding of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, renal failure and dwarfism.

The Whitehead-MIT Center for Genome Research was the single largest contributor to the Human Genome Project, providing roughly one-third of the 35,000-40,000 human gene sequence assembled by the international consortium of 20 laboratories involved. A draft sequence and initial analysis of the human genome was published in Nature this week.

A geneticist, molecular biologist and a mathematician, Dr. Lander is a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and a professor of biology at MIT.

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