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American Society of Human Genetics 2013 annual meeting, Oct. 22 to 26, Boston

Topics range from driver genetic mutations in brain cancer metastases to Neanderthal genome

American Society of Human Genetics


Invited sessions and platform (oral) presentations of latest research in human genetics

Examples of ASHG 2013 invited sessions:

  • Opening day (Tuesday, Oct. 22) plenary session featuring six abstracts that earned the highest scores from ASHG Program Committee. Abstract topics include:
    • Driver genetic mutations in brain cancer metastases
    • Pathogenic mutations in 1,000 children with undiagnosed developmental disorders
    • Dosage compensation: a novel approach to Down syndrome
    • Neanderthal genome

  • "Drama of DNA: anticipating the future with WGS," a provocative new interactive play about a hypothetical research study (Tuesday evening)

  • Increasingly blurry distinction between research and clinical care: different views on such issues as the duty to search for secondary genomic findings (Wednesday morning)

  • Insights from large-scale sequencing (Wednesday morning)

  • Informed consent for whole genome sequencing: experience and implications for practice (Thursday afternoon)

  • Where do risk variants act? (Saturday morning)

  • Whole genome sequencing for every baby? (Saturday morning)

  • Medical systems genomics (early Saturday afternoon)


    Press policies and guidelines:


    If you plan to make hotel reservations, ASHG recommends that you do so now.


    Registered reporters will have access to a password-protected site with embargoed news releases and other material in advance of the ASHG 2013 meeting.

    Media availabilities/news briefings daily in onsite pressroom



    Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. The nearly 8,000 members of ASHG include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses and others involved in or with a special interest in human genetics. The Societyʼs mission is to serve research scientists, health professionals and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the Societyʼs Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG); (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate current and future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, policymakers, educators, students and the public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information about ASHG, visit:

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