Bioinformatics 2007 is the ninth annual, international bioinformatics conference arranged by the Society for Bioinformatics in Northern Europe.

The invited speakers are in the forefront of bioinformatics. Ajay K. Royyuru from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center will lead off with a keynote lecture about ‚ÄúThe Human Genographic Project‚ÄĚ, following Vice-Chancellor G√∂ran Sandberg‚Äôs opening remarks.

IBM and the National Geographic Society have launched a collaborative research project to understand the migratory history of the human species. This will enable them to complete the mapping of the planet’s genetic atlas.

The Genographic Project, a five-year study, aims to create the world’s largest collection of DNA samples ever assembled in order to map how the Earth was populated. The samples are taken from indigenous populations and the general public. The collection will be accessible to historians, anthropologists and geneticists.

РThose who would like to participate can purchase a kit in order to submit in their own DNA samples and have their origin mapped. You will then have the chance to know who your forefathers were and trace their decedents’ migratory history all the way up to yourself, explains Professor Stefan Jansson, member of the conference’s organizing committee.

Rob DeSalle, from the American Museum of Natural History, will lecture about the project ‚ÄúBarcoding Life on Earth‚ÄĚ. The project focuses on genetically identifying – essentially ‚ÄúDNA barcoding‚ÄĚ – all species on Earth.

Less than one-fifth of the planet’s ten million plant and animal species have been recognized. The project intends to identify and catalogue all species, fish and birds, and place them in a database. The hope is that the mapping of all ten million species will be complete by the year 2010.

РMany research projects have enormous ambitions, but these are a couple of the research industry’s wildest ideas that are actually on the way to becoming reality. These two lectures are very interesting as even those outside the world of bioinformatics can benefit greatly. Therefore, we in the organizing committee welcome all who are interested to attend the opening of the conference, says Stefan Jansson.

Date: Monday, June 4th at Aula Nordica

12:00-12:20 Opening of the Conference by Vice-Chancellor Göran Sandberg

12:20-13:20 Opening Keynote Lecture: “The Human Genographic Project”, Ajay K. Royyuru, PhD, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

13:20-14:20 Linnaeus Lecture: “Barcoding Life on Earth” Rob DeSalle, American Museum of Natural History

View the entire programme at: http://www.bioinformatics2007.conf.umu.se/

For further information, please contact:
Uwe Sauer, Umeå Centre for Molecular Pathogenesis (UCMP), Umeå University
Tel: 090-785 67 84
Mobile: 070-635 18 03
E-mail: uwe@ucmp.umu.se

Stefan Jansson, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Umeå University,
Tel: 090-786 53 54
Mobile: 070-677 23 31
E-mail: Stefan.Jansson@plantphys.umu.se