Transgenesis meeting in Nantes, France

Ignacio Anegon (left, Chair) and Louis-Marie Houdebine (invited speaker)
Ignacio Anegon (left, Chair) and Louis-Marie Houdebine (invited speaker)

The 1-day meeting on “Transgenesis: recent technical developments and applications“, organized by Ignacio Anegon and Séverine Menoret, from the Transgenic Rats Common Facility of IFR 26 and Ouest-Genopole, University of Nantes) was successfully held on June 8, 2009 in Nantes, France. This meeting was co-sponsored by the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT).

Séverine Menoret (right) and her colleagues from the local organizing committee
Séverine Menoret (right) and her colleagues from the local organizing committee

Invited speakers included: Michel Cohen-Tannoudji, Louis-Marie Houdebine, Kader Thiam, Toni Cathonen, Roland Buelow, Daniel Bujard, Edwin Cuppen, Cesare Galli, Lluis Montoliu, Marie Malissen, Jean-Louis Guenet and Laurent Lescadron. The meeting reviewed several topics in animal transgenesis, such as: animal models in biomedical research (immune system, neurodegenerative diseases), generation of the first knock-out rats, use of interference RNA, Zinc-finger nucleases, artificial chromosome-type transgenes, lentiviral vectors, ENU mutagenesis, rodents genome and transgenesis in non-mammalian vertebrates.

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