Meet the digital amoeba
As an undergraduate biomedical engineering major, Jane H.
Kim developed a two-dimensional computer model that
simulates the inner workings of a tiny amoeba that behaves
like a human white blood cell. Her electronic model is
aiding biologists who believe these microscopic animals hold
the key to creating new treatments for diseases ranging from
asthma and psoriasis to cancer.
Kim presented her model at the
International Symposium on Computational Cell Biology, held
recently in Lenox, Mass. The 22-year-old student, who just
graduated, is remaining at Hopkins over the summer to
continue refining the project.
Top genetic researchers to
There is perhaps no more exciting, and controversial, topic
in science these days than genetics. In deciphering the
human genome, scientists are uncovering the basic set of
inherited instructions for the development and functioning
of human beings, the understanding of which has profound
implications for medicine.
Realizing the need to harness genetics and
genomics for the treatment of human disease, the School of
Medicine in 1999 announced the formation of the
McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. Now in its
first full year of existence, the institute will host its
inaugural symposium, intended to highlight recent genetic
discoveries and their impact on the future of medicine. The
symposium, titled "Human Genetics and Genomics," will be
held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 29 in the Wood
Basic Science Building, JHMI campus.
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