Genetics, Epigenetics, and Chromosomes

This session will include the research aimed at the complex understanding of epigenetic mechanisms including the central role of the structure and function of the chromosomes in these processes. The fundamental progress in this area includes the understanding of many aspects of how chromosomes segregate, condense, establish their kinetochores, and regulate gene expression through the cycle, using the fine alterations in the local chromatin, which is the nucleoprotein makeover of the chromosomes. Therefore, we invited few of the current world leaders in the field, including Bill Earnshaw, Hiroshi Masumoto and others, who will not only highlight the most up-to-date fundamental discoveries in the field, but also will discuss how the rapidly moving forward technology of human artificial chromosomes is starting to promise to revolutionize functional genomics, and importantly also to correct genetic defects in future patients.