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X PRIZE Foundation to Announce Second Major Prize for Achievements in Genomics

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The X PRIZE Foundation has created a philanthropic prize model designed to stimulate research and accelerate development of radical achievements that will benefit humanity.

In a press conference, held on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 from 10:00 AM ET - 11:00 AM ET in Washington, DC, scientific minds have come together for a common cause: to announce the largest medical prize in history and talk about this technology.

Rapid genome sequencing will allow doctors to determine an individuals’ susceptibility to disease and even the genetic links to cancer.

Mapping genetic code is like taking an X-Ray allowing doctors to see inside person’s genetic past and eventually be able to help determine genetic future.

This technology helps person refine and perfect their knowledge and practice of preventive medical treatments and procedures. Preventing disease is the next best thing to curing disease.

WHO: Anousheh Ansari, Title Sponsor of the Ansari X PRIZE for private space flight and first private female space explorer

J Craig Venter, Ph.D, one of the leading scientists of the 21st century and founder of the J Craig Venter Institute for Genetic Research 

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph. D. Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation

Dr. Stewart Blusson, President, Archon Minerals, Ltd 

Billy Tauzin, former Congressman and cancer survivor

Sharon Terry, MA, LHD, Genetic Alliance 

WHAT:  Press conference to announce second X prize

WHERE: 13th Floor Ballroom - National Press Club Building, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20045

WHEN:  10:00 AM ET - 11:00 AM ET