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August 20, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Define these terms: genomics, bioinformatics,
in silico

biology, cosmeceuticals, trait mining, post
-
human genome protein chips.


If you are stumped, you are not alon
e. Until recently, these terms did not even exist. They refer to
some of the growing array of new scientific tools of agricultural biotechnology. Those wanting to
learn more about these new science tools and what they mean to science and our daily lives ca
n do
so at the 4th Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC 2002),
agbiotech:
cultivating convergence
. The conference is this September 15

18 in Saskatoon, Canada.


New Scientific Tools:

Plants, Pentiums & Pharmaceuticals

is one of
a wide
range of learning
streams to be offered at ABIC 2002.

Daphne Preuss, Ph.D., of the University of Chicago, will be
one of the international experts sharing insight into this area of
agricultural biotechnology.

Preuss'
work focuses on unraveling the mechanis
ms of inheritance in the flowering plant,

Arabidopsis
thaliana
. "We know far less about plants than animal or microbe systems," she says. "
Arabidopsis

offers an excellent tool for learning about plant systems which could lead to many practical
solutions, s
uch as pharmaceuticals that are easier and more economical to produce."


Other speakers in this session include: Lawrence Schook, Ph.D., of Pyxis Genomics, Inc., speaking
on the Commercial Applications of Food Animal Genomics;
Derek Lydiate, Ph.D., of Agr
iculture
and Agri
-
Food Canada’s Saskatoon Research Centre offering a Genomics Overview; Steffen
Nock, Ph.D., of Zyomyx, Inc.
, explaining
Protein Microarrays;
and
Prem Bhalla, Ph.D.,

and
Mohan Singh, Ph.D
., both of the University of Melbourne, Australia, co
-
presenting on
Allergen
Biotechnology.


ABIC 2002 will feature a world
-
class program with more than 60 national and international
speakers, a poster session, tours, satellite sessions, and exhibits. Learning streams will include
sessions on health from pl
ant and animal products, the emerging bioeconomy, technology transfer
to business, public perception of biotechnology, and stewardship. ABIC is targeted primarily to
researchers, investors, industry leaders, and policy
-
makers.


More details on ABIC 2002 pr
ogram, registration, sponsor, and exhibitor information can be found
at
www.abic.net

or by phone CANADA (306) 683
-
2242.


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For more information, contact:

Daphne Preuss, Professor

University of Chicago

Phone: (773)

702
-
1605

E
-
mail:
dpreuss@midway.uchicago.edu


Judy Hume, Manager of Communications

Ag
-
West Biotech Inc.

Phone: (306) 975
-
1939

E
-
mail:
judy.hume@agwest.sk.
ca