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Viral Metagenomics WEBINAR

Viral Metagenomics WEBINAR

Join an online seminar on 24 October 2007 entitled "A Viral Metagenomics Study of Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder" presented by two eminent authors of a recently published Science paper.

Submit your questions LIVE to the experts during the webinar!

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Time: 12:00 noon EDT; 9:00 a.m. PDT ; 5 p.m. GMT
Duration: 1 hour

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Colony collapse disorder (CCD) among honey bee populations in the United States has resulted in the loss of between 50% and 90% of hive colonies. Previous studies have pointed to the possibility that an infectious agent could be involved. A recent study published in Science magazine used unbiased metagenomic analysis to survey microflora present in normal and CCD-affected hives to determine whether a pathological agent could be linked to CCD. The authors found that the presence of one virus, Israeli acute paralysis virus of bees (IAPV), showed a strong correlation with colony collapse disorder. In addition to the important economical implications, this work also represents a novel use for massively parallel next generation sequencing technology which has enabled this type of high level metagenomic study.

You will hear our panel, which includes two of the study's authors, discussing:
- how metagenomics can be applied in the discovery of unknown pathogens
- the importance of study design and data analysis in metagenomics research
- how recent technological advances have made this type of study possible

W. Ian Lipkin, M.D.
Professor of Epidemiology and
Professor of Neurology and Pathology
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
New York , NY

Michael Egholm, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research & Development
454 Life Sciences
Branford , CT


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