Noted Genome Researcher Dr. Francis Collins From National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)To Speak At June 8 Briefing On Kangaroo Genome Project

SAN FRANCISCO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The State of Victoria, Australia and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a press briefing on The Kangaroo Genome Project on Tuesday, June 8 at the BIO 2004 Conference in San Francisco. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will talk about a pioneering project to sequence the genome of a variety of kangaroo.

One of the fastest growing biotech centers in the world, the State of Victoria in Australia is a key supporter of this project, which is expected to provide clues about the structure and functions of genes vital to human health and development. Victoria's Treasurer and Minister of Innovation, Mr. John Brumby, will discuss the state's role in establishing the partnership between NHGRI and the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF).

Who: Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NHGRI, and John Brumby, Treasurer and Minister of Innovation for the State of Victoria, Australia. What: Media Briefing When: 1:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 8 Where: BIO 2004 Conference - Moscone Convention Center South, Room 303

Further information regarding Victoria, Australia's biotechnology initiatives is available on the web, at http://www.biotechnology.vic.gov.au/.

State of Victoria

CONTACT: For Victoria Department of Innovation, Industry and RegionalDevelopment, Matthew Schmidt, +1-650-691-1488, or mobile, +1-650-796-2679, orWendy Lewis, +1-650-691-1488, or mobile, +1-408-230-1060, or wendy@fscomm.com,or Jessica Estrada, +1-650-691-1488, or mobile, +1-408-393-1931, all ofFS Communications

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