The Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) meeting will be held again in Marco Island, Florida, from February 6-9, 2008. The AGBT meeting has become the premiere scientific forum for capturing the latest advances in new DNA sequencing technologies and an outstanding venue for presentations on the applications of genomics to diverse areas in biology and biomedicine. The meeting will have daytime plenary sessions that feature keynote speakers, additional invited speakers, and abstract-selected talks. These sessions will highlight cutting-edge research in areas such as next-generation DNA sequencing technologies, metagenomics, medical sequencing, complex genetic diseases, application of genomic approaches to cancer research, and population genomics. Technical approaches being developed and utilized in contemporary genomics research will be presented during evening concurrent sessions. Our annual pre-meeting 'training' workshop will feature overviews on emerging DNA sequencing technologies and talks on the practical implementation of various next-generation instruments from experienced early users. Please plan to join us in Marco Island, where the relaxed atmosphere and outstanding science at the 2008 AGBT meeting will provide an exceptional opportunity to meet and interact with scientific leaders from the many disciplines being advanced by genomics.
The organizing committee for the 2008 AGBT meeting includes Eric Green (NHGRI/NIH), Elaine Mardis (Washington University School of Medicine), Deanna Church (NIH/NCBI), Colin Collins (UCSF), George Grills (Cornell University), Tim Harkins (Roche Applied Science), Steven Jones (BC Cancer Agency), Andre Marziali (University of British Columbia), Michael Metzker (Baylor College of Medicine), Chad Nusbaum (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard), Michael Rhodes (Applied Biosystems), Lisa Stubbs (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories), and Mike Zody (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard).