New $23 Million Laboratory for Plant Genomics
NEW YORK, USA
14 March 2006
The New York Botanical Garden is nearing completion of a $23 million project to build a plant genomice research centre. It's first new laboratory in 50 years will triple the Garden's current research capabilities and provide much-needed quarters to educate and train the next generation of plant scientists.
The laboratory, as well as its research program, "is a bold initiative, a departure for American botanical gardens," said Michael J. Donoghue, a Yale University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, who is the director of Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Dr. Donoghue said the laboratory's research would add to scientific knowledge about conservation, biodiversity, climate change and the interaction of plants and humans. Thanks to its focus on plant genomics, the study of how genes function in plant development, the laboratory will enable the botanical garden "to carve out a very interesting world niche," he said.
The New York Botanical Garden will mark the grand opening of its new laboratory with a multi-day program, "In Celebration of Plant Science", expected to be attended by Nobel laureate James D. Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, Edward O. Wilson, the biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Oliver W. Sacks, the author and neurologist.
The celebration begins on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 with the dedication and ribbon-cutting for the Pfizer Laboratory and continues through the weekend. It will include behind-the-scenes tours of the new laboratory and other key parts of the Botanical Garden's science campus, a scientific symposium, exhibitions on genomics, family and children's programming, lectures, demonstrations, and other events.
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