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October 10, 2006 18:00 ET

Media Advisory: NRC Biotechnology Research Institute Symposium Draws Best to Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 10, 2006) - Leading-edge scientists, academics and researchers will gather in Montreal later this week for the 5th edition of the Montreal Microarray Symposium. Hosted by the NRC Biotechnology Research Institute (NRC-BRI), this gathering gives all those involved in the field of functional genomics the opportunity to discuss the latest developments and techniques in this specialized area.

Topics to be covered include "expression profiling" (measuring gene expression levels on a global scale), the use of antibody and protein microarrays, used to measure the levels of biomarkers, as well the utilization of microarrays to better understand complex diseases such as cancer.

Date: Thursday and Friday October 12 and 13, 2006

Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Place: NRC Biotechnology Research Institute
6100, Royalmount Avenue, Montreal (Quebec). Tours of the
NRC-BRI MicroArray Lab will follow the presentations.

Microarrays, the orderly arrangement of DNA samples on a slide, provide scientists with the opportunity to assess the expression and interactions of all of the genes of an organism simultaneously. NRC-BRI is the largest Canadian research facility devoted to biotechnology. The internationally renowned Institute assists and conducts leading edge R&D in the fields of health, bioprocess and environment. In 2005, in collaboration with a group of 43 scientists from 7 countries, the institute was involved in the completion of the annotation of the genome of Candida albicans, a fungal pathogen that is one of the main causes of infection in people with weakened immuned systems. This led to the production of the first noncommercial microarray that can be used by researchers around the world to further study the genomics and proteomics of Candida albicans.

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