Month: June 2005

President’s Report

From the Desk of the President Colleagues, Our Annual Meeting in Baltimore is a great opportunity for anyone interested in our science to advance their career. Being in the center of the East Coast offers a chance for many to take advantage of what our meeting provides. Like some of you, I’ve attended annual meetings of numerous societies, the largest in my experience with an attendance of over 20,000. While large meetings might seem more useful on the surface, I’ve found that SIVB’s meeting has important characteristics that make it more rewarding than other gatherings. Although you might find...

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Journal Highlights

Immortal, Functionally Differentiated Hepatocytes Five different immortalized transgenic hepatocyte cell lines derived from mice were investigated with respect to their potential to maintain the physiological properties of primary hepatocytes using chemically defined medium. This work completes a previous study using gene expression analysis (Klocke et al. 2002) of the same cell lines by the respective physiological analysis for investigating the hepatocyte-like function. Three transgenic cell lines harboring a fusion gene derivative (construct 202) consisting of the complete SV40 early region, including the coding sequences for the transforming large and small tumor antigens, placed under the control of the murine...

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Education News

Carol Stiff, President and CEO of Kitchen Culture Kits, Inc., continues to spread the word about micropropagation to teachers and hobbyists and others. Carol recently presented two workshops in the Phoenix area. One was for the Mesa High School District and the other was for the Phoenix Rare Fruit Growers group. Workshop attendees consisted of high school teachers, plant enthusiasts, nurserymen, medical doctors, college teachers, college students, administrators, computer engineers and even an 8th grade super scientist. These workshops introduce people to the basics of micropropagation using very simple equipment. The next workshop is scheduled for June 4 in...

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New Plant Micropropagation Research and Teaching Laboratory Facility at the University of Florida.To accommodate extensive renovations occurring in Fifield Hall at the University of Florida, the Plant Restoration, Conservation and Propagation Biotechnology Program managed by Dr. Mike Kane of the Environmental Horticulture Department, was relocated. The move provided the unique opportunity to totally design new teaching and research facilities prior to moving. The new facility includes a larger culture facility, media preparation and glassware lab, a research laboratory with graduate student work stations and a plant culture teaching laboratory with multimedia capability. From July 25 – 28th, the four-day...

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IAPTC&B Update

The International Association for Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology (IAPTC&B) is searching for candidates for the next US Correspondent. The new correspondent will take office at the next World Congress of the IAPTC&B which will be held in Beijing, China from August 13-18, 2006. The correspondent’s responsibilities are to maintain membership information, solicit dues, mail journals twice a year, and act as the liaison with the International office of the IAPTC&B. If you are interested in this position, or know of someone who may be interested, please contact me at   Mark Bridgen, US Correspondent E-mail:...

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