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Examining the Systems Biology of Bugs

A New York Academy of Sciences symposium highlights current research into understanding how cells operate.

Published October 25, 2010

How does a microbe adapt to a new environment? Does E. coli retain memories? What enables a cell to sense and respond to nutrients or toxins?

These are some of the questions that challenge scientists who seek to characterize bacterial genomes. Eventually, their work will enable them to model the global operation of cells with unprecedented completeness and accuracy. Their research is important not just to further our understanding of prokaryotic systems and basic biology, but also to solve pressing environmental and clinical problems.

The New York Academy of Sciences will host “The Systems Biology of Bugs” on Monday, November 8. The symposium will feature presentations by three leading researchers actively involved in the development and application of systems biology methodologies to examine bacterial genomes.

WHAT: A Scientific Symposium: The Systems Biology of Bugs

Richard Bonneau, PhD, New York University
Yuhai Tu, PhD, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Saeed Tavazoie, PhD, Princeton University

WHEN: Monday, November 8, 2010 (5:00 PM - 7:30 PM)

WHERE: The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor, NY, NY 10007

This symposium is presented by the New York Academy of Sciences' Systems Biology Discussion Group with sponsorship from Agilent Technologies. For more information see

* Media must register in advance by contacting Adrienne Burke, Director, Public Outreach, The New York Academy of Sciences, at, 212.298.8655.

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