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September 30, 2006

Professor John Mattick, Foundation Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Queensland, 9/29/06

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Professor John Mattick is the Foundation Professor of Molecular Biology and the Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland. Professor Mattick’s research interest is in the role of noncoding RNA in the evolution and development of complex organisms. He has published over 150 scientific papers, most recently "The hidden genetic program of complex organisms" (Scientific American 291(4):60-67), “RNA regulation: a new genetics?” (Nature Reviews Genetics 5:316-323), and "Non-coding RNA" (Human Molecular Genetics 15: R17-R29).

Professor Mattick has developed a new theory of the structure of genetic information in higher organisms, which may explain the purpose of so-called junk DNA in the human genome as a hidden information system that directs human development.

The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is one of Australia's leading research institutions and a major center for molecular bioscience research. IMB links leading-edge genomic discovery and bioinformatic facilities with state-of-the-art research to better understand human and animal biology, and to develop new pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, nanotechnologies, and disease therapies.

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