Dr. Russell Schwartz of the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Kathryn Roeder of the Department of Statistics, and Dr. Eran Halperin of the Aladdin Center, co-hosted the second annual international RECOMB Satellite Workshop on Computational Methods for SNPs and Haplotypes on February 20 and 21, 2004, at the Mellon Institute
The RECOMB Satellite Workshop on Computational Methods for SNPs and Haplotypes workshop was intended to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists working towards the common goal of understanding the nature and significance of genomic variations. The speakers and other attendees included leading researchers from population genetics, statistical genetics, computational genetics, and related areas. Among the topics presented were empirical studies of genome variation and its relationship to phenotype, computational and statistical methods for analyzing and modeling genetic data, and novel experimental methods for high-throughput data gathering. Discussion at the meeting revealed the excitement across disciplines over the recent availability of large amounts of genetic polymorphism data and the many discoveries about genomic architecture and variation these data are bringing about. Work in this field is expected to have a significant impact on human health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology, and our understanding of the basic principles of genetics in higher organisms.