Don’t remember much from high school biology? What you do remember seems light-years behind where biology is today?
Join us as we go through Herron & Freeman's Evolutionary Analysis (https://www.amazon.ca/Evolutionary-Analysis-5th-Jon-Herron/dp/0321616677/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461334313&sr=8-1&keywords=Evolutionary+Analysis+%285th+Edition%29). We're going to be working through the book, working together to improve our knowledge of biology!
Every month, we read one chapter and discuss it at the meetup. This month is Chapter 4, "Estimating Evolutionary Trees". We will be answering the questions at the end of the chapter as a group; that's the main activity of the meetup. If you haven't read the chapter, you're still welcome to attend and learn with us!
We also pick a scientific article to talk about, for this month we've picked a letter:
The article for this month is by Nicholas G. Crawford, Brant C. Faircloth, John E. McCormack, Robb T. Brumfield, Kevin Winker, Travis C. Glenn. "More than 1000 ultraconserved elements provide evidence that turtles are the sister group of archosaurs (http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/8/5/783)" Biol. Lett. [masked]
And we also have a general wide-ranging discussion of molecular biology / synthetic biology / DIYbio in the news.