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Humanists of Colorado Message Board › Denver Café Scientifique - Wynkoop on Tuesday 17 February 2009 at 6:30 PM.

Denver Café Scientifique - Wynkoop on Tuesday 17 February 2009 at 6:30 PM.

Tim B.
Denver, CO
Post #: 117
The next Denver Café Scientifique will be at the Wynkoop on Tuesday 17 February 2009 at 6:30 PM.

Our speaker: David D. Pollock, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, UC Denver

The topic: Molecules, Mutants, and Darwin: Human Evolution in the Age of Genomes

Got sequence? Due to the genome project, we’re getting a whole lot more DNA, RNA, and protein sequence these days than we used to. This sequence is providing fundamental information about how functional molecules (RNA and proteins) evolve. Our view on this evolution has swung from pure adaptation to pure neutrality to a currently more nuanced view, with Darwinian concepts such as adaptation, coevolution, and convergence mixed with “nearly neutral” evolution. At the same time, genomic information has been dramatically disappointing as a means of identifying the root causes of complex human disease. Does evolution provide the means for understanding these elusive “quixotic trait loci”? Are we all just mutants anyway? Is the human species evolving or eroding? Are we finally close to answering these questions, 200 years + 5 days after the birth of Mr C. Darwin, M.A.?

The Café is free and open to everybody. Come early to be sure to get a seat! Sit next to someone you don't know. Mercantile Room doors open around 6 PM. There is no food service during the Café, so come before or stay afterwards for a great dinner and superior liquids at the 'Koop.

All info you need, including more information on the speakers and topic (click "Upcoming"), is on our website at: http://CafeSciColorad...­
Steve S.
user 3186746
Biloxi, MS
Post #: 309
Hi Tim and everyone in Colorado,

Here are some photos of our celebration of Darwin Day.

GSHS - Darwin Day at the Audubon Zoo

We had a great time!

Y'all take care and keep in touch,


Tim B.
Denver, CO
Post #: 118
Thanks for sharing, Steve.
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