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    Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

    What determines the complexity of life?

    house mouse
    photo courtesy of Myguerilla on Flickr

    Darwin described how evolution produced "endless forms most beautiful," yet he was unaware of genetics and the laws of inheritance. Our genomes provide the ultimate record of evolution, and evolution explains many fascinating aspects of our genomes. This cafe will explore how genomics has deepened our understanding of evolution in ways Darwin never could have imagined.

    Michael Nachman

    Dr. Nachman received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, 1983, with a B.A. in Zoology. He then went on to get a PhD in Biology from the University of Michigan in 1990. He is now the director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and professor in Integrative Biology, at UC Berkeley. His interests lie in population and evolutionary genetics and genomics, the genetics of speciation, the genetics of adaptation, and mammalian molecular and chromosomal evolution.

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