The First Brazilian Symposium on Transgenic Technology (1st BSTT): a most successful event

Prof. Oliver Smithies and Prof. Joao Bosco Pesquero

The first Brazilian Symposium on Transgenic Technology (1st BSTT) was held in Sao Paulo on March 10-12, 2008. More than 300 participants attended this most successful and interesting event, organized by Prof. Dr. Joao Bosco Pesquero, Dra. Heloisa Allegro Baptista and their colleagues from the Universidade Federale de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP). This symposium was supported and co-sponsored by the International Society for Transgenic Technologies.

This meeting included the remarkable participation of Prof. Dr. Oliver Smithies, 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for “for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells“, along with several international experts within the field of animal transgenesis, who shared their results with their Brazilian colleagues, resulting in a comprehensive scientific program that covered the majority of aspects in animal transgenesis.

This symposium represents a milestone, an important step towards the dissemination and use of methods for the generation and analyses of all types of genetically modified animals in Brazil, to be applied in Biology, Medicine, Animal Health and Biotechnology.

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