The term “gene” might be tired and perhaps because it can have many different meanings – (don’t get us started on homolog!). We of course know that one gene/one enzyme hypothesis and the central dogma fails to represent full complexity of the RNA world, pre- and post-transcriptional gene regulation, and post-transcriptional modifications. An article in PLoS One “Beyond the Gene” from Evelyn Fox Keller and David Harel tackles the perhaps overly stretched definition of the gene.
I’m including a recapping as many of the talks as I remember. There were 6 concurrent sessions each afternoon so you have to miss a lot of talks. The conference was bursting at the seams as it was- at least 140 people had to be turned away beyond the 750 who attended.
If there was any theme in the conference it was “Hey we are all using these genome sequences we’ve been talking about getting”. I only found the overview talks that solely describe the genome solely a little dry as compared to those more focused on particular questions. I guess my genome palate is becoming refined.