FASEB Science Research Conference on Virus Structure and Assembly
Technical Report,15 Apr 2016,14 Mar 2017
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Bethesda United States
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The overall goal of this project was to provide support for the 2016 FASEB Science Research Conference on VirusStructure and Assembly which was held July 24-29, 2016 in Steamboat Springs, CO. This event was the latestbiennial meeting, part of a 20 year series which has become the premier scientific gathering for structural virology.Traditionally the meeting highlights the biophysical approaches that are used in the field, along with biochemistryand molecular genetics, to understand all aspects of the virus lifecycle host recognition and binding, entry,intracellular trafficking, viral uncoating, replication, assembly, maturation and exit. These topics are explored informal talks, poster sessions, and intensive scientific discussion. The FASEB Virus Structure and Assemblyconference series is distinctive and exceptional by its pursuit of the following objectivesHighlight diverse disciplines in virology. One third of the attendees are primarily structural virologists exploiting Xraycrystallography, NMR, cryo-electron microscopy and other biophysical techniques to drive the field forward.Other attendees cover a breadth of disciplines including genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and theoreticalanalyses of virus assembly. Cross-pollination of ideas leads to fruitful collaborations at the interfaces of techniques.It is rare to get such diverse group of scientists under one roof except at this conference series.Present a breadth of topics. While virology meetings are often dedicated to a single virus, the FASEB VirusStructure and Assembly Conferences typically present and discuss over 30 different viruses and bacteriophages.This mixing of topics and disciplines has led to outstanding results, such as the realization that phages and humanviruses e.g., herpesviruses, adenoviruses and others have common structural protein folds and thereforecommon ancestors.
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