IBSI Distinguished Scientific Leader Lecture Series Presents: Nobel Laureate Sir Richard Roberts

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    • Wednesday October 13, 2010
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1116
  • Phone: (404) 894-5100
  • URL: http://www.mirc.gatech.edu/
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Jessica Gilmore Forness
Executive Assistant
Integrative BioSystems Institute
Phone: (404) 407-8976
E-mail: jessica.gilmore@biology.gatech.edu


Summary Sentence: The Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics and the Integrative BioSystems Institute will be hosting Distinguished Scientific Leader Lecture speaker Sir Richard Roberts, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and Chief

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The Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Genomicsand the Integrative BioSystems Institute are pleased to host Distinguished Scientific Leader Lecture speaker, Sir Richard Roberts, Winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and Chief Scientific Officer of New England Biolabs. His seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1116. A reception honoring Sir Roberts will be held in the gallery immediately following the seminar. The title of his talk will be “THE GENOMICS OF RESTRICTION AND MODIFICATION"

Abstract: The discovery of new restriction enzymes has progressed from the slow and laborious process of examining individual bacterial strains experimentally to the much higher through-put that can be obtained using bioinformatics to analyze genome sequences. Nevertheless, both the traditional biochemical approach and the use of biochemistry to test bioinformatics predictions are an integral part of current practices. The analysis of bacterial genomes for their content of genes related to restriction-modification systems faces many of the challenges found more generally when annotating genomes. The methodology that we have developed will be described and examples will be drawn from the analysis of both individual microorganisms and the environmental projects that broadly sample various environments. In the final part of the talk, the more general problem of genome annotation will be discussed and a new project, COMBREX, that aims to accelerate the experimental assignment of function to genes will be described.

Additional Information: Sir Richard Roberts is the Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs, Beverly, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in Organic Chemistry and then moved to Harvard University in 1969 to work with Professor J.L. Strominger. For his discovery of "split genes", molecular biologist Richard J. Roberts won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1993, sharing the honor with Phillip A. Sharp, who made much the same findings independently at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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