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Leader of Human Genome Project lectures April 18 at MSU

April 10, 2006 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman - Jane Peterson, a Montana native and leading figure with the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, will lecture on mapping the genome and what it means to the future at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Strand Union Ballroom A on the Montana State University campus.

Her presentation, sponsored by MSU and the University Honors Program, is free and open to the public.

Peterson, a 1965 graduate of Hamilton High School, will discuss "What the Human Genome Project Tells Us and How It applies to You and Your Future."

Peterson has been a leader with the Human Genome Project, which provided the genetic blueprint for building a human being. Completed in 2003, the HGP has been called one of the great feats of scientific exploration in history.

Peterson currently serves as HGP's program director of comparative genomics and associate director of extramural research. Her duties include serving as program director for large-scale sequencing at NHGRI since 1995, including the administration and evaluation of cooperative agreements with large-scale DNA sequencing centers. She has been involved in administering several cutting-edge research initiatives, including the administration of the early stages of GenBank. Most recently, she aided a cooperative sequencing of the human and mouse genomes and for identifying disease-gene variation in humans. She received the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award in 2001 for her contributions to the Human Genome Project.

"We are fortunate to have Dr. Peterson with us--and are delighted to welcome a scientist of such remarkable accomplishment back home to her native Montana," said Michael Miles, director of the University Honors Program. "We are only beginning to translate the Human Genome to our lives."

Peterson is the daughter of Dr. Richard L. Peterson, one of the founders of the Montana component of the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska Montana Idaho) medical program. Peterson has a doctorate from the University of Colorado, and a postgraduate degree from Yale University School of Medicine.

In addition to her public lecture, Peterson will also speak to MSU faculty and will guest teach a University Honors Seminar.

For more information about Peterson's visit, contact the University Honors Program, 994-4110 or the Office of the Vice-President of Research, 994-2891

Contact: Michael Miles, University Honors Program (406) 994?4732