ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Rapid advances in the realm of life sciences will be discussed during an annual gathering at the University of Michigan.

The theme of Friday’s Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium is “Game Changers: Technologies that are rewriting the future of the life sciences.” Speakers include researchers and professors working on editing genes, identifying and controlling cells and viewing living systems at ever-finer resolutions and smaller scales.

Organizers say the name of the event recognizes the leadership and contributions of former U-M Life Sciences Institute Director Alan Saltiel . Now a professor and director of a diabetes center at University of California, San Diego, Saltiel is expected to participate in the symposium.

The 16th annual event, which is free and open to the public, is being held at the Ann Arbor school’s Palmer Commons.

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