Biotech Updates

ICG Europe Tackles Plant, Animal and Human Genomics

June 8, 2012

The recently concluded International Conference in Genomics organized by Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) was held at Biocenter of Copenhagen in Denmark. BGI and partner universities in Europe welcomed 400 prominent researchers and global industry executives to discuss and accelerate Omics-related research and boost the transformation of scientific and technological achievements.

Professor Huanming Yang, chairman of BGI, expressed his excitement in holding the ICG-Europe, the first international conference on genomics in Europe, during his opening remarks. He hoped it could provide a  platform for researchers to exchange their knowledge and insights on Omics-related research. Several excellent presentations were delivered by researchers from Aarhus University, Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland, Karolinska Institute, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, CeBiTec Bielefeld University, University of Freiburg Medical Center, Imperial College London, University of Gothenburg, among others, the news article reported.

In one of the presentations, Professor Jun Wang, Executive Director of BGI, introduced BGI's genomics research and "Three Million Genomes Projects" which consist of the "Million Plant and Animal Genomes Project," "Million Human Genomes Project" and "Million Micro-Ecosystem Project". He said, "Due to next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, advancements in genomics have been moving rapidly forward. BGI focuses on translating Omics-related research into molecular breeding and disease-associated studies with the aim to boost the rapid development of agriculture, medicine, drug development and clinical treatment, among others."

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