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New Meetup: EVOLUTION IN THE 21ST CENTURY - Dr. James Shapiro, Fermilab Lecture Series

From: Ronnie
Sent on: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 3:14 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Chicago Science Field Trips Club!

What: EVOLUTION IN THE 21ST CENTURY - Dr. James Shapiro, Fermilab Lecture Series

When: Friday, January 22,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Fermilab -- Ramsey Auditorium
One West, Wilson Hall
Batavia, IL 60510
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Fermilab Lecture Series Presents Dr. James Shapiro

Ideas about evolution were first formulated before biology and genetics developed into the sophisticated sciences they are today. Molecular biology has had a profound impact on our understanding of how organisms are related to each other and how they change over time. Genome sequencing reveals the evolutionary record as it remains in the DNA of living organisms and constitutes a test of theories about how evolution has occurred. Discoveries about the molecular and cellular nature of evolutionary changes show that this remains a vital and exciting area of science with many new theoretical and experimental possibilities. Incorporating lessons from the DNA record, recent observations of evolution in action, and experiments about the biological processes of genome change make it possible to formulate a 21st Century view that is consistent with other developments in the molecular life sciences.

Fermilab, Ramsey Auditorium, Batavia, IL
Tickets are $7.00 To reserve tickets, call[masked]-2787. Visit here for details.

James Shapiro is a Chicago native who grew up in South Shore. He studied English Literature at Harvard College and won a Marshall Scholarship to Cambridge University in England. At Cambridge he completed a PhD in Genetics and then did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, and Harvard Medical School. He has taught at the Universities of Chicago (he has been on the faculty for 36 years), Havana, Tel Aviv, and Edinburgh, where he was the Darwin Prize Professor in 1993. Prof. Shapiro's scholarly work has centered on bacterial genetics. For the past 17 years, he has articulated the view that genomic change in evolution occurs by a complex but non-random process of "natural genetic engineering."

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http://www.meetup.com/chicago-science-field-trips-club/calendar/12281958/

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