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Sea Grant Biotechnology Briefing in D.C.

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 WHAT:  A science education forum for journalists, 
policy-makers, industry leaders, and Congressional staff on 
issues and research progress in the field of marine 
biotechnology. Sponsored and featuring research funded by 
the National Sea Grant College Program, a consortium of 
29-state based marine science research efforts funded 
through NOAA and the Department of Commerce with matching 
state funding.

 WHO:	Twelve national leaders in marine biotechnology 
research will present the latest developments in their 
respective areas of research.  Presentations will be 
grouped under three broad topical areas: 1) Fisheries, 
Aquaculture and Seafood Safety; 2) Bio-Medicine and 
Pharmaceuticals from Marine Natural Products; and 3)  Water 
Quality - Bioremediation and Habitat Restoration.

 WHY: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has stated that 
biotechnology and information technology are the most 
important science-based technologies that will impact our 
lives in the 21st century. The news this week about the 
cloning of a sheep in Scotland maybe the most visible and 
sensational application of biotechnology to date, but in 
the marine world scientists are working  a wide variety of 
biotechnology efforts that will significantly impact our 
lives - including the genetic engineering of marine 
organisms for medical and pharmaceutical benefits and for 
pollution remediation, fish for a steady food supply, and 
coastal plants for habitat restoration and shoreline 
erosion prevention.

 NEWS ANGLES: It is anticipated that at least one 
researcher in each of the three sessions will make a 
significant news announcement. Anticipated are 
announcements concerning new anti-inflammatory compounds 
from marine organisms that could impact possible future 
treatment of arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease; a 
report on the genetic diversity of haddock in George's Bank 
and the implications for the restoration of that fishery; 
the discovery of a polymer from oysters that enhances 
nutrient uptake in agricultural crops reducing chemical 
fertilizer pollution; and the development of a probe to 
detect a highly toxic algae responsible for killing 
millions of fish in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.

 FORMAT:  20-minute presentations followed immediately by 
10 minutes of Q&A. Individual interviews available at end 
of each panel session.   Press briefing book and related 
materials available at site.

 REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Contact  Ben Sherman, Sea Grant 
National Media Relations at 301-405-6381, FAX: 
301-314-9187; or by E-mail at sherman@umbi.umd.edu    No 
registration fee, but advance space registration 
appreciated. Reservation and $10 luncheon fee required to 
attend lunch session.  Deadline: 12 noon Friday, February 

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ---  Feeding The Future, A Look At 
The Future of Marine Biotechnology: Rita R. Colwell, 
President University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute

9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ---  Fisheries, Aquaculture and 
Seafood Safety:  Perry Hackett, University of Minnesota on 
Genetic Engineering of Fish; Irv Kornfield, University of 
Maine, Biodiversity of Haddock and its Future in George's 
Bank; Jo-Ann Leong, Oregon State University, Genetic 
Delivery of Vaccine for Aquacultured Fish; Ron Siebeling, 
Louisiana State University, Biotechnology: Vibrio 
Vulnificus, Cholera Detection and Prevention.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. --- Public Policy: Who Owns The 
Rights to Genetic Diversity?  Biodiversity and Commercial 
and Ethical Issues, Barry Marrs, CEO, Photosynthetic 
Harvest Inc. , Biotechnology Consultant to American Society 
of Microbiology. Luncheon Presentation.   Advance 
Registration, $10 Lunch Fee Required.

12:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. ---  Marine Natural Products, 
Pharmaceuticals and Biomedicine: William Gerwick, Oregon 
State University, Medicines from Marine Algae; Robert 
Jacobs, University of California, Santa Barbara, 
Anti-inflamatory Compounds from Marine Organisms; Shirley 
Pomponi, Harbor Branch Oceanography Institute, 
Anti-carcinogens from Marine Compounds; A.P. Wheeler, 
Clemson University, Polymers From Oysters: Applications in 
Agriculture and for Super Absorbents.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  ---  Water Quality, Bioremediation 
and Habitat Restoration:  Michael Kane, University of 
Florida, Micropropagation of Coastal Plants for Erosion 
Prevention; Ralph J. Portier, Louisiana State University, 
Genetic Alteration of Bacteria for Environmental Pollution 
Cleanup; Parke Rublee, University of North Carolina, 
Greensboro, Predicting Fish Kills: DNA Field Probes for 
Toxic Dinoflagelates; John Stegeman, Woods Hole 
Oceanographic Institution, Contaminant Exposure and Impacts 
on Genetic Processes Leading to Cancer, Reproductive 
Failures and Developmental Abnormalities.




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_____  All Three     _____ Fisheries Biotechnology  ______ Marine Products   _______ Water Quality

_____  Lunch Reservation ( Make Check Payable to "Sea Grant" )

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Ben Sherman, Media Relations Coordinator
National Sea Grant College Program
0112 Skinner Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7640
Phone: 301-405-6381	Fax: 301-314-9187
E-Mail: Sherman@umbi.umd.edu
WWW News Media Center Site: 

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