Event Date/Time: Feb 12, 2001 End Date/Time: Feb 13, 2001
Paper Submission Date: Jan 05, 2001
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The quantification of genes has grown to the stature of a mature science. We stand on the threshold between relative and absolute quantification. This will cause a ripple effect throughout the entire process—from the concomitant need for more precise sample preparation to a more complete understanding of what it is that these absolute numbers mean in the biological sense. For example, does it mean anything when we say, "Beta Actin is highly conserved," if we fail to ascribe numbers to other parameters? And can we get around sample contamination measurement interfering with sensitivity by simply setting a cutoff point before the negative controls are tripped?

This is an exciting time, as traditional research biology evolves and reaches out to impact, with force, medicine and pharmaceutics and healthcare practice generally.
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Numbers, whether we like it or not, rule our lives. This conference will take a measuring stick to biological measurement itself.