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For Release: October 5, 1995

Catherine E. Watson
(804) 864-6122

Release 95-96

The Human Genome Project: Understanding the Human Genetic Blueprint

Dr. Paula Gregory, chief of the Genetics Education Office at the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR), will discuss the Human Genome Project at 2 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., Hampton, Va.

The Human Genome Project is an international effort to understand the human genetic blueprint. The goal of the project is to locate each of the approximately 100,000 human genes, three billion bits of information, by 2005. Errors in our genes are responsible for an estimated 3,000 hereditary diseases, including Huntington's Disease, cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Altered genes also play a part in cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Gregory established the Human Genome Project's education effort in 1993. Since then, she has traveled to a dozen states and has spoken to over 14,000 students, educators and others interested in genome research and its implications. Gregory is an active scientist, currently conducting research on acute leukemia and human artificial chromosomes.

Gregory will present the same lecture at the Virginia Air and Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Va. at 7:30 p.m. There is no cost for this lecture and no reservations are required. After the lecture, the VASC will show the IMAX film "The Blue Planet." Tickets are $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for seniors, military, NASA employees and children.

A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. Media who wish to attend the briefing should contact Catherine Watson at (804) 864-6122.

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