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Air Travel Disruptions Force Postponement of Genomics and Proteomics Conferences

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 – Following last week’s terrorist attacks on the US's East Coast and the ensuing restrictions on air travel, many genomics and proteomics conferences scheduled to occur last week and in the near future have been postponed, including several conferences organized by Cambridge Healthtech Institute.

Last week, two conference on computational genomics were postponed. With many en-route attendees stranded in cities where their planes had been grounded, Compaq announced that its Sept. 11-14 meeting at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Mass., would be rescheduled. And Sun Microsystems' event, to be held in Durham, North Carolina, September 13-15, was postponed until March of 2002, according to senior marketing director Andrew Komornicki. Sun, along with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the San Diego Supercomputing Center are co-organizing the conference.

In addition, Cambridge Healthtech Institute has postponed two conferences originally scheduled for Monday through Wednesday of this week, Human Genetic Variation and Pharmacogenomics, until October 9-11. The two conferences will take place in Cambridge, Mass. A third Cambridge Healthtech conference, on microarray data analysis to be held later this week in Alexandria, Va., has been postponed until November 12-13.

The Institute for International Research, organizer of a proteomics conference scheduled for September 24-25 in Seattle, has postponed the event as of Monday. A spokeswoman did not know when the event would eventually take place.

However, a competing proteomics conference organized by Global Business Research, also scheduled for September 24-25 in San Francisco, is still scheduled to take place, according to a spokeswoman for the organizer. A microarray data analysis conference in Princeton, NJ, on Monday and Tuesday of next week is also still on.

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