Announcing a new Meetup for The DC Atheists Meetup Group!
What: Weird Animals: Genomes and Sex
When: Thursday, January 28,[masked]:45 PM
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.
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/DC-Atheists/calendar/12255471/