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evolution@home | Let's work out Darwin's ideas

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An event on evolutionary biology, simulation and the challenge to work out Darwin's ideas in detail. Brought to you by InSpace, University of Edinburgh.

  • Public lecture
  • Celebration
When Dec 16, 2009
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB
Contact Name Laurence Loewe
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Darwin's discovery of natural selection was pivotal in starting a variety of research programs that investigate how evolution shapes the diversity and destiny of natural populations. In this event we highlight five forces of evolution and their impact on populations.

Although each of these is relatively easy to understand on its own, in combination they consistently stretch our biological, mathematical and computational abilities beyond their limits.

Researchers investigate these forces to gain a better understanding of evolutionary problems such as antibiotic resistance, extinction of endangered species and the potential impact of man-made mutagenic substances.

Dr Laurence Loewe (Centre for Systems Biology Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh) will explain how you can contribute to evolutionary research by running simulations of evolution on your home PC.

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