NIH News Alert
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
National Human Genome Research Institute

Wednesday, December 9, 1998
Sharon Durham, NHGRI
(301) 402-0911

Press Conference

Human Genome Project researchers in the United States and Great Britain have sequenced the 97 million-base genome of the tiny roundworm, Caenorhabditis elegans. It marks the first time scientists have spelled out the instructions for a complete animal, that, like humans, has a nervous system, digests food, and has sex. The work, carried out at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, England, will be published in the December 11 issue of the journal Science.

The National Human Genome Research Institute, supporter of the American effort, will host a press conference to discuss the findings:

Thursday, December 10, 1998, at 1 pm.

Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building
2100 C Street, NW
Washington, DC

(Foggy Bottom Metro)

Presenters Include:

Bruce Alberts
President, National Academy of Sciences

Harold Varmus
Director, National Institutes of Health

Francis Collins
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute

Robert H. Waterston
James S. McDonnell Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
and co-leader of the worm sequencing project

John Sulston
Sanger Centre, Medical Research Council [by phone] and co-leader of the worm sequencing project

H. Robert Horvitz
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology