Tree of Life

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Evolutionary biology is the 10-meter spring board for some of the greatest questions in science and epidemiology. How do species arise? How do genes diversify and acquire new functions? How do pathogens evolve and how does that information lead to new and better understanding of diseases?

The study of evolutionary relationships is called Phylogeny, and one of the world's foremost experts in phylogeny is David Hillis, who will visit the department of genetics on Feb.15. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008, Hillis will present a seminar, "Applications of the Tree of Life," in room B118 of the Davison Life Sciences Building at 4 p.m.

 

image from David M. Hillis, Derrick Zwickl, and Robin Gutell, University of Texas  

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