While hallway conversations may turn to federal biotech streamlining, this year's Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology meeting programs will be heavy on basic research, with the theme of "growth factors, receptors, and signal transduction." FASEB is expecting 13,000 researchers, students, and exhibitors to converge on Anaheim, Calif., from April 5 to April 9. More than 7,000 scientific reports will be delivered and companies will be displaying about 700 exhibits in the Anaheim Convention Center, which is within walking distance of Disneyland's Space Mountain and Sleeping Beauty's Castle for those so inclined. Meeting highlights are as follows:

* Space Station Freedom: Capabilities and plans for life sciences research (Sunday, April 5; Convention Center)

* Use of animals in research--communicating the need to the public (Sunday, April 5; Hilton hotel)

* Origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe

(Tuesday, April 7; Marriott~~~ hotel)

* Scientific misconduct: Are the...

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