ASM Conference on the New Phage Biology

August 1 - 5, 2004 | Key Biscayne, Florida

Conference Scope

The meeting brought together scientists interested in phage biology, both its vibrant basic science and its exciting new applications in biotechnology and anti-bacterial therapeutics. Bacteriophages were discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, enjoyed decades of promise as anti-bacterial agents before being eclipsed by the antibiotic era. Phage biology was the first model system in the DNA era and dominated life science into the 70’s before being largely abandoned in favor of the study of other model organisms. Recently, phages have come back into the spotlight as major factors in pathogenesis, bacterial evolution, and ecology. Moreover, new structural, genomic and single-molecule technologies have, in combination with classical phage molecular genetics, given rise to an explosion in our knowledge of phage, their compelling elegance of function and their almost inconceivable diversity. Scientists from all these areas were encouraged to come together to establish new interactions in celebration of the phage renaissance.


Sankar Adyha, Chair (NIH) 
Ry Young, Organizer (Texas A&M)

Keynote Committee:

Betty Kutter (Evergreen)
Ian Molineux (Texas)
Bob Weisberg (NICHHD)

Session Chairs:

Lindsay Black (U. Maryland Medical School) 
Dave Friedman (U. Michigan Medical School) 
Graham Hatfull (Pittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute) 
Ken Kreuzer (Duke U. Medical Center) 
Carl Merril (NIMH) 
Amos Oppenheim (Hadassah Medical School, Israel) 
Forest Rohwer (San Diego State)

Program and Abstract Book - Currently Unavailable