Three interdisciplinary themes weave through this year’s annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), opening today at the New Orleans Convention Center. These special areas of interest are AIDS, 2nd messengers and signal transduction, and mechanisms of adaptation to the environment: FASEB projects that its huge program of tutorials, society and guest symposia, special lectures, and slide and tape poster sessions, will attract about 13,000 people.

A variety of new products are displayed for many disciplines including molecular biology, electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, protein preparation and analysis, microscopy, and metabolic processes. The exhibit showcases about 425 companies in all.

Attendees will see the continuation of trends of the last decade, when instrumentation witnessed tremendous growth in sophistication. Levels of performance of equipment have increased dramatically (for example, Molecular Dynamic’s Autophoresis System) and so have those of technical automation to allow rapid, easy, and often unattended performance (for...

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