In many ways, this meeting was like any other: one audience member worked on his laptop the whole time, someone forgot to turn off their cell phone, and there were the inevitable PowerPoint issues. But for all its normality, the linkurl:New York Area __Drosophila__ Discussion Group,;http://www.allconferences.com/conferences/2008/20080424123944/ which met at the New York Academy of Sciences on a recent Monday evening (June 15), was unique in several ways. For one thing, all the attendees were from New York City research institutions. For another, they were all fly researchers. When one of the presenters started describing the different larval stages she studied, no one asked her to clarify -- they knew. "It's great because we all speak fly," says linkurl:Mary Baylies,;http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/10198.cfm a __Drosophila__ researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who helped organize the meeting.
Of course, topical meetings are ubiquitous and important, but as those meetings become increasingly focused...
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