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Abstract: Knowledge of the human genome will greatly affect our understanding of basic human health and provide new therapies for many diseases. Although the genome has been fully sequenced, many mysteries still hide in its code. The well-known gene accounts for less than 2 percent of the sequence, while other functional elements, which provide important regulatory instructions, create up to 50 percent of the genome. Recent evidence suggests that these regulatory elements play a larger role in human disease than previously thought. Understanding non-coding functional elements is crucial to our understanding of how a cell functions properly. Elnitski's tutorial will discuss conventional and cutting edge ways to address the genome’s functional regions through computational and experimental approaches.

Laura Elnitski, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D, biochemistry and molecular biology, Penn State University
  • NIH Research Scholar Award for postdoctoral research in computational biology
  • Outstanding Research Achievement Award, International Symposium on Bioinformatics
  • Research and Applications, 2007
  • Associate editor, Genome Research journal
  • Ad hoc reviewer, NIH scientific grant review panel study section

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