Haven't had a chance to visit Hinxton lately? Not to worry. Ensembl's outreach team will be busy at the start of 2009, with a number of demos and workshops planned. The group's January schedule has been posted here, and includes appearances at the Plant and Animal Genome meeting in San Diego and the MIT Career Fair in Boston.

 

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