November 4, 2013
Protein mapping past the genetic code is the next level, scientists will say at major conference to be held in March.
CHICAGO (Nov. 4, 2013) – After 15 years and thirty billion dollars we have the genetic code, now scientists are challenged with having it all make sense. Protein mapping has now become the major focus and scientists believe it will be just as daunting as the gnome project. Scientists will explain progress this spring when the internationally famous Pittcon conference is held in Chicago for 2014.
Two of the symposiums at Pittcon will be presented by Dr. Alan Marshall, Director of the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Program and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University. “So we know the genetic code,” says Marshall, “we know which proteins can be made potentially, but it doesn’t tell you which ones will be made.”
Marshall says what determines which proteins will be made are small ones called histones, and it depends on their modifications whether those proteins associated with a particular part of the DNA will be manufactured at all. “So people call this epigenetics,” says Marshall, “it’s the next level of the genetic code that tells you which proteins actually are going to show up and how they can be modified.”
Marshall outlined his presentation by phone from his office at Florida State University in Tallahassee on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and is now archived and Webcast for its world audience. See photo of Marshall at work and related story at the Examiner here.
Pittcon is organized by The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit educational corporation which is comprised of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP). Pittcon 2014 is at the McCormick Pace in Chicago, March 2-6. Registration is now open www.pittcon.org. Register before February 10 for a $150 discount.
Proceeds from Pittcon fund science education and outreach at all levels, kindergarten through adult. Pittcon donates more than a million dollars a year to provide financial and administrative support for various science outreach activities including science equipment grants, research grants, scholarships and internships for students, awards to teachers and professors, and grants to public science centers, libraries and museums.
Alan G. Marshall Interview
Alan G. Marshall, Prof. Chemistry & Biochemistry, director Ion Cyclotron Resonance programs, Nat. High Magnetic Field lab, Florida State Univ. on his presentations to come at Pittcon conference, March 2 & 5, 2014