University of Calgary

Gene hunting made easier

Submitted by tdroden on Wed, 2011-09-21 10:50.

Sept. 12, 2011

Canadian researchers have cracked the genetic codes for a large number of medicinal plant species and have made the gene database available online. Previously, efforts were focused on only a small number of plants.

The University of Calgary’s Dr. Peter Facchini is the co-lead of this project with Vincent Martin of Concordia University in Montreal. Facchini will be available to the media on Tues., Sept.13, to speak about the discoveries and demonstrate the new portal. He will have some samples of the plants in his lab. Martin will be available by phone.



Date:                      Tues., Sept. 13, 2011

Time:                      Noon – 2 pm MT

Location:  University of Calgary

Room BI 307 – Dr. Facchini’s lab

(3rd Floor Biological Sciences building, the building is on the east side of campus, closest to the LRT)

Who:                      Dr. Peter Facchini, professor of biological science

                                Dr. Martin can be reached by telephone


Media Contact: Leanne Yohemas University of Calgary, Senior Communications Manager Faculty of Science 403-540-6552 – cell 403-220-5144 – office