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BIOTECHNICA Forum: Big data and more



Featuring a varied program that ranges from Big Data to plant biotechnology and career opportunities, the BIOTECHNICA Forum runs for all days of the LABVOLUTION with BIOTECHNICA - from 16 to 18 May - and covers a broad spectrum of current topics in the biotech world.

 - The BIOTECHNICA Forum is a big attraction for biotechnologists.
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The BIOTECHNICA Forum is a big attraction for biotechnologists.

When LABVOLUTION with BIOTECHNICA opens its doors to the public in May, the BIOTECHNICA Forum will be one of the big attractions for biotechnologists working in industry and science. The LSR Spotlight Forum hosts daily presentations from noon until 2 p.m., highlighting the innovative work now coming out of the life science industry. On 16 May the topic focuses on the latest developments in bioinformatics, followed by scientific insights into alternatives to animal experiments, made possible by 3D cell cultures or LuSens assays. The LSR Spotlight Forum will close with a presentation on the contribution the life science industry is making to the global fight against infectious diseases.

The afternoon of the first day of the show is all about Big Data and digitalization. Citing actual business case studies, contributors will explore a whole range of different issues, including current technical standards and hardware choices, the interfaces used to support communication, the benefits to be derived from the analysis of large quantities of heterogeneous data, and situations where paper print-outs are still a necessary part of the laboratory toolkit.

Genome editing in animal and plant breeding

On Wednesday 17 May recent developments in plant biotechnology will be discussed at a session hosted by the scientific association Wissenschaftlerkreis Grüne Gentechnik e.V. The title of the symposium is: "Genome editing: new ways forward in animal and plant breeding". On the agenda here are innovative processes for the successful development and evolution of organisms. A variety of techniques will be brought together under the general heading of "genome editing": zinc finger nucleases, TALEN, CRISPR-Cas9 and oligonucleotide-directed mutagenesis (ODM). These methods are said to have great potential, both for revolutionizing the breeding of new plant strains and animal species, and for developing better therapies for diseases. The symposium aims to give an overview of the type and application of such methods, and their possible uses in animal and plant breeding. Scientific experts will report on the current state of our knowledge in these areas, and provide an opportunity to discuss the many different aspects of genome editing.