This meeting took place in 2005

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Diverse Roles of RNA in Gene Regulation (A5)

Organizer(s) Gregory Hannon and Timothy W. Nilsen
January 8—14, 2005
Beaver Run Resort • Breckenridge, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 30, 2004
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Early Registration Deadline: Nov 9, 2004

Supported by The Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
The role of non-coding RNAs in regulating gene expression and genome stability has become a topic of intense interest. In part, this is fueled by the realization that non-coding RNAs are much more common than previous thought, and emerging evidence suggests fundamental roles for these transcripts. Furthermore, engineered versions of one class of non-coding RNAs, namely microRNAs and their cousins siRNA, are being widely used for experimental manipulation of gene expression, and an understanding of other additional classes may lead to similarly powerful biological tools. Numerous recent meetings have focused on the mechanism and applications of RNA interference and the characterization of naturally occurring triggers of this process. However, no forum has yet been provided to bring together a wider group focused on the roles of non-coding RNAs in gene regulation. Such a meeting is essential to promote interactions and communication between fields that may lead to an understanding of the relationship between RNAi, imprinting, X-chromosome inactivation, widespread transcription of the genome in “non-genic” regions and prevalent, naturally occurring antisense transcripts.

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