In The Field

Genetics 2010: MOHB rule

In Boston this weekend, researchers from diverse fields and backgrounds have converged to discuss how traditional model organisms like yeast, flies and the worm C. elegans, promise to contribute to the understanding and hopefully the treatment of human disease. It’s the third biennial meeting called Genetics 2010: Model Organisms to Human Biology (which has the inexplicably pleasing acronym, MOHB). Scott Hawley of the Stowers Institute and current president of the Genetics Society of America, which organized the meeting, is a fly researcher. In his opening remarks yesterday evening, he noted that the divide between biologists studying human biology and those studying model organisms is often too great. “We want to reach out and have more contact with people doing other things,” he said. With a line up of talks on everything from personal genomics to sex determination neurogenetics and infectious disease, it promises to deliver that kind of contact.

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