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The Helicase and Nucleic Acid-based Machine Conference
Sunday, July 21, 2019 -
Friday, July 26, 2019
Location: The Steamboat Grand, Steamboat Springs, CO
Description: Malfunctions of helicases and nucleic acid-based machines are implicated in a number of rare genetic disorders. Specifically, hereditary mutations in helicase genes are linked to rare diseases including Werner Syndrome, Bloom’s Syndrome, Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome, Cockayne Syndrome, Xeroderma Pigmentosum, Trichothiodystrophy, Warsaw Breakage Syndrome, Fanconi Anemia, Dyskeratosis Congenita, Crohn’s Disease, Ophthalmoplegia, and others. This FASEB meeting, which was first held in 2001, examines the roles of these and related helicases in genome metabolism and rare diseases. The meeting is the only one of its kind to focus on the functions, interactions and structures of helicases and helicase-like motors as components of fundamentally important supramolecular machines, and it explores their regulation and key roles in uncommon genetic disorders characterized by defects in DNA repair and genomic stability. The conference brings together a diverse group of academic and industry scientists who focus on the functional roles of helicases and helicase-like motors in pathways of nucleic acid metabolism.
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