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SMBE Satellite Meeting on “De Novo Gene Birth” will take place at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, on November 6-9, 2023.

Dear SMBE Members,

The SMBE Satellite Meeting on “De Novo Gene Birth” will take place at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, on November 6-9, 2023. 

De novo genes represent a major source of genetic variation with a profound impact on adaptation, phenotypic variation, and evolutionary innovation. This international meeting will bring together scientists from across the world to provide a synthesis of the current knowledge of de novo gene evolution and function, develop shared guidelines concerning the annotation of de novo genes, identify critical areas and compelling questions on de novo gene birth and promote novel interdisciplinary collaborations. 

The meeting will include plenary talks from Drs. Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis and Erich Bornberg-Bauer, and invited talks from Drs. David Begun, Christina Cheng, Manyuan Long, Jorge Ruiz-Orera, Christian Rödelsperger, Alan Saghatelian, Yusuke Suenaga, Gisela Storz, Diethard Tautz and Eve Wurtele.

Registration and submission for contributed talks and posters are now open! The abstract submission deadline is June 30th.

Abstract submission:

Travel awards are available for US-based and international attendees. A Travel Grant Application Form can be download from the Registration webpage.
Registration fees are $30 for trainees and $100 for PIs. 
Due to venue and budget constraints, participation is limited to the first 120 registrants.

Further details about registration, abstract submission, travel awards as well as practical information are available at the meeting website:

This meeting is supported by the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Texas A&M University, the Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics at Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Visit College Station.

The organizing committee:
Claudio Casola, Texas A&M University
Li Zhao, Rockefeller University
Victor Luria, Yale University
Nikolaos Vakirlis, BSRC “Alexander Fleming”

For questions email Claudio Casola at

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2023
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