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New Meetup: Weird Animals: Genomes and Sex

From: Don W.
Sent on: Thursday, January 7, 2010 6:42 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The DC Atheists Meetup Group!

What: Weird Animals: Genomes and Sex

When: Thursday, January 28,[masked]:45 PM

Carnegie Institution
1530 P St NW
Washington, DC 20008

Free event hosted by the Carnegie Institution at 16th and P St. NW
Three blocks east of the Dupont Circle Metro stop.
Seating is first come first served, no reservations or tickets.

Speaker: Jenny Graves
The Australian National University,
Research School of Biological Sciences

Comparisons between distantly related mammals and other vertebrates ? including kangaroos and platypuses, devils (Tasmanian) and dragons (lizards) ? can help explain how human sex chromosomes evolved and explain why they are so weird. The human X chromosome is full of ?brains-and-balls? genes that were important in the rapid evolution of humans, while the human Y is a pathetic little chromosome that lost most of its genes, other than a sex determining gene. It is degrading rapidly and may be entirely lost in the next few million years, with unexpected consequences to the human race.

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