Academic Year 2012-2013

Event Title

The Chicken or the Egg Paradox Revisited: The Birth and Death of Genes

Location

Alvin Sherman Library, Room 2053

Start Date

13-9-2012 12:00 PM

End Date

13-9-2012 1:00 PM

Disciplines

Genetics

Description

In an evolutionary biology context, living organisms and genes comprise a continuum, lineages that come and go. Some lineages stretch far back in time, while others have already truncated to a dead stop. Through modern phylogenetic methods, some lineages can be traced back to their origins. This presentation describes the life and birth of genes and gene families—the starting point for creating any organism. Can something as intricate and vital as the Blueprint of Life arise out of “nothing;” that is, creatio ex nihilo? If so, what are the costs, advantages, and mechanisms?

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Sep 13th, 12:00 PM Sep 13th, 1:00 PM

The Chicken or the Egg Paradox Revisited: The Birth and Death of Genes

Alvin Sherman Library, Room 2053

In an evolutionary biology context, living organisms and genes comprise a continuum, lineages that come and go. Some lineages stretch far back in time, while others have already truncated to a dead stop. Through modern phylogenetic methods, some lineages can be traced back to their origins. This presentation describes the life and birth of genes and gene families—the starting point for creating any organism. Can something as intricate and vital as the Blueprint of Life arise out of “nothing;” that is, creatio ex nihilo? If so, what are the costs, advantages, and mechanisms?