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Environmental Factor, October 2012

Workshop on human genomic plasticity begins Oct. 4

By Eddy Ball

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An innovative interagency program continues its 2012 workshop series with an exploration of “Exploring Human Genomic Plasticity and Environmental Stressors: Emerging Evidence on Telomeres, Copy Number Variation, and Transposons” (http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/workshops/genomic-plasticity/)  Oct. 4-5 in Washington, D.C.

The workshop, which is part of the National Academies Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series, is free and open to the public. Registrations (http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/977961/Genomic-Plasticity-On-Site-Registration)  for onsite attendance and webcast access are now being accepted.

Genomic plasticity triggered by environmental exposures

Genomes have the characteristic of plasticity, which makes it possible to adapt quickly in order to survive changes in environmental conditions. Along with epigenetic modifications, mobile and evolving elements, such as telomeres, transposons, and copy number variants, are important factors in understanding the potential effect of our environment on human health.

Sponsored by NIEHS, the program holds three workshops per year on the use of new discoveries, tools, and approaches for guiding environmental health decisions. The workshops provide a public venue for communication among government, industry, environmental groups, and the academic community.

The October workshop is the twelfth in the series, (http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/)  which began in July 2009 with a workshop on "Use of Emerging Science and Technologies to Explore Epigenetic Mechanisms Underlying the Developmental Basis for Disease." Past presentations are archived online, and videos are available for several recent workshops. 

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