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16:00 - 19:15 14 September 2010
Resuscitating Lamarck: Do we need a new evolutionary theory?
AV Hill Lecture Theatre |
Medical Sciences Building
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT |
Eva Jablonka, Professor, The Cohn Institute for the History of Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Troy Day, Professor in Mathematical Biology, Queen’s University, Canada
Vincent Colot, Group Leader, The Unité de Biologie Moléculaire des Organismes Photosynthétiques, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
Ben Dickins, Postdoctoral researcher, The Center for Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics, Penn State University, USA
The issue of epigenetics has sparked some discussion about the mechanisms by which evolutionary change arises. Some scientists believe that epigenesis has been an important factor in evolution, and propose a reformulation of the evolutionary theory as we know it, while others do not see epigenesis as a mechanism by which permanent adaptive changes can occur, and thus do not consider the evidence compelling enough to warrant rethinking the tenets of neo-Darwinism.
Each speaker will get 20 minutes to present their ideas followed by 10 minutes rebuttal time. There will be a substantial Q&A period at the end of the talks. Tea and biscuits will be served during a break.
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