BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 3, 2002 - Scientists from Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech met in Baltimore with researchers from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health to discuss the progress of their collaborative efforts. The meeting was the second in a series designed to stimulate continued partnership between the two institutions.

Researchers discussed several topics relevant to their collaboration ranging from statistical analysis to diagnostic testing. JHU researchers who presented were Vern Carruthers, Rafael Irrizary, David Sullivan, Thaddeus Graczyk. Presenters for VBI were David Samuels, Reinhard Laubenbacher, Allan Dickerman, and Brett Tyler. The variety of presentations included proteomic analysis of Toxoplasma gondii, the organism responsible for toxoplasmosis; modeling mitochondria; rapid diagnostic tests for malaria; fluorescent in situ hybridization assays for detection of human pathogens; approaches to cross-kingdom comparative functional genomics; simulation of biological networks; and gene-phylogeny approach to microbial comparative genomics.

VBI will host the next meeting in Blacksburg.

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Published by Public Relations2, October 02, 2002