Due to crappy Wi-Fi at hotel, this entry will be short. I’ll try to expand once I get back home.
Anyway, today was very interesting.
At the “early bird” session, I heard about CyTOF. Essentially, instead of using a few fluorescent markers for FACS sorting of different cell types, they offer conjugating the tagging antibodies with rare heavy metal isotopes. they claim that these are not found in cells, so the background should be zero. They have >30 different isotopes they can use, and the detection is by mass spectrometry – so very accurate and distinct identification.
Next was a session on gene expression. I won’t go into details, particularly since much is unpublished yet, but Tzachi Pilpel’s talk was amazing. Who knew tRNA may have anything to do with cancer research?
As per usual, Orna Amster-Choder talked about RNA localization in bacteria with lovely images and great data.
Jeff Gerst from Weizmann discovered a possible new mechanism of mRNA transport in yeast, using the MS2 system in very neat ways.
The next session, called “oral poster 1” featured short talks. The most interesting to me were about mRNA methylation and about how the DNA sequence surrounding consensus sequence for DNA binding proteins affects this binding. some nice insights.
The last session I attended was about the effect of tumor microenvironment on tumor progression and treatments. Heard some amazing stories. Hope still exist to cure cancer…
Tomorrow is my lecture. Excitement!