Considering the vast number of life scientists expected to attend two major United States meetings during the coming weeks, someone, somewhere, might well have designated May as "National Biological Research Month."

An estimated 11,000 of these researchers, representing dozens of disciplines and presenting thousands of papers and poster sessions, will be gathering at annual get-togethers of the nation's leading life sciences professional societies: Members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) will meet in Washington, D.C., May 21-25; and, starting just two days later, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will convene in Las Vegas for a five-day meeting that will run through May 27.

As many as 3,000 researchers will take part in the ASBMB conference, to be held at the Washington Convention Center. Nearly 100 presentations, 1,400 posters, and an exhibition with 300 booths rep- resenting more than 100 organizations are scheduled.

The scientific sessions...

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