The Mouse Development, Genetics & Genomics meeting was held for (apparently) the last time at the Cold Spring Harbor Labs last fall. Dr. Mike Felder, the PGSC director, and yours truly (Paul Vrana) attended. As usual, we peddled the use of Peromyscus in (primarily biomedical) research. People responded optimistically, particularly with the impending addition of the genome sequences and genetic map.
I started my talk by noting the usefulness of Peromyscus in a number of research areas. There had been several presentations on mouse models of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). As repetitive behavior is a major symptom of ASD, I noted that Dr. Mark Lewis of Univ Florida had documented the PGSC BW animals as averaging nearly 15,000 jumps over 8 hours. There actually was an audible gasp from the audience at that.
While the rest of my talk (“Aberrant stem cell regulation & differentiation in Peromyscus hybrid extra-embryonic development”) went well, it unfortunately didn’t elicit the same kind of response.
Here are a few shots of us (the good Dr. Felder presenting a poster on PGSC genomic/genetic resources), etc. While he also had a good chat with Nobel laureate Dr. Mario Capecchi, we don’t have any shots of that. Please note that my near overly short ‘do was caused by a misunderstanding at a local cuttery, not by choice.