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Exciting June Lineup of Speakers at New York Genome Center Five Points Lecture series

June 2, 2015

In June, the New York Genome Center (NYGC) welcomes four superb speakers for their Five Points Lectures, technically detailed weekly talks that bring scientists from New York and beyond to discuss their work, in depth, with researchers and clinicians from institutions city-wide.

This month’s lectures address challenges and potential payoffs of interpreting modern genomic and other big biological data.

On June 3rd, the Simons Foundation’s Rich Bonneau outlines ways to best spot subtle patterns in complex biological networks that hint how tissues’ DNA and proteins interactively respond to microbes. On June 10th, Columbia University’s Itsik Pe’er unveils new methods for inferring key unknowns about chromosomes carried by many people, including their DNA sequence, connections between particular spellings and particular traits, and the history of their carriers’ ancestors. On June 17th, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Daniel MacArthur reports insights into which human proteins may matter most in health, from sequencing each gene in many thousands of people. And on June 24th, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai’s Rong Chen mulls the challenge of applying such data, to wisely interpret one person’s newly sequenced genome in light of health-relevant knowledge gleaned from many others.

About the Five Points Lectures
Named for a diverse early Manhattan neighborhood, the Five Points Lectures probe fresh research questions and methods, via lively interactive discussion. Lectures are held each Wednesday at 9 am, year-round, featuring speakers from the New York Genome Center’s member institutions and beyond.

About the New York Genome Center
The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit at the forefront of transforming biomedical research and clinical care with the mission of saving lives. As a consortium of renowned academic, medical and industry leaders across the globe, NYGC focuses on translating genomic research into clinical solutions for serious disease. Our member organizations and partners are united in this unprecedented collaboration of technology, science, and medicine. We harness the power of innovation and discoveries to improve people’s lives — ethically, equitably, and urgently. Member institutions include: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, American Museum of Natural History, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Columbia University, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medical College, Hospital for Special Surgery, The Jackson Laboratory, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Stem Cell Foundation, New York University, North Shore-LIJ, The Rockefeller University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Stony Brook University and IBM.

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