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Copyright 2006 by the Genetics Society of America Meeting Report
 

Summary: Copyright Ó 2006 by the Genetics Society of America
Meeting Report
New Roles for Model Genetic Organisms in Understanding and Treating
Human Disease: Report From The 2006 Genetics Society
of America Meeting
Allan Spradling,1,2
Barry Ganetsky, Phil Hieter, Mark Johnston, Maynard Olson, Terry
Orr-Weaver, Janet Rossant, Alejandro Sanchez and Robert Waterston
ABSTRACT
Fundamental biological knowledge and the technology to acquire it have been immeasurably advanced
by past efforts to understand and manipulate the genomes of model organisms. Has the utility of bacteria,
yeast, worms, flies, mice, plants, and other models now peaked and are humans poised to become the model
organism of the future? The Genetics Society of America recently convened its 2006 meeting entitled
``Genetic Analysis: Model Organisms to Human Biology'' to examine the future role of genetic research.
(Because of time limitations, the meeting was unable to cover the substantial contributions and future po-
tential of research on model prokaryotic organisms.) In fact, the potential of model-organism-based studies
has grown substantially in recent years. The genomics revolution has revealed an underlying unity between
the cells and tissues of eukaryotic organisms from yeast to humans. No uniquely human biological mech-
anisms have yet come to light. This common evolutionary heritage makes it possible to use genetically
tractable organisms to model important aspects of human medical disorders such as cancer, birth defects,

  

Source: Alvarado, Alejandro Sánchez - Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine