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Visiting prof to discuss next step in the Genome Project

January 22, 2002

The Genome Project is a rarity in the biological sciences. Even those with little interest in science have heard of it and, because it holds the promise of eradicating many inherited diseases and disorders, almost everyone has some interest in it.

But as much progress has been made, more remains to be done. "The Genome Project identified the sequence, the letters that make up the code of our genes," says Dr. David O'Drobinak, associate professor of biological sciences. "Now they need the words. What do these letters spell?"

To accelerate the completion of this work, called physiological genomics, the federal government gave millions to researchers at several universities and laboratories last year. Among the recipients was the physiology department at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Along with their research responsibilities, the government charged the recipients of these funds with educating the public on the progress and process of the work.

As part of this responsibility, Dr. Dave Basile, assistant professor of physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will be giving a seminar this Thursday, Jan. 24 on the progress that has been made in the last year, his research and summer research opportunities for students at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

O'Drobinak says the research opportunities are both valuable and profitable. "We've sent five or six students up there in the past four years, and they've not only had the opportunity to participate in world-class research, they've earned a significant stipend in the process."

Basile's presentation will begin at noon in Room E-106B of the Sundquist Science Complex.