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Frontiers of Science with Richard Lenski

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m. - Frontiers of Science with Dr. Richard Lenski! "Time Travel in Experimental Evolution" in room 220 of the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building (ASB) on the U of U Campus!


with Dr. Richard Lenski,
John Hannah Distinguished Professor of Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University

Time Travel in Experimental Evolution

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Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:00pm

Location: 220 Aline Skaggs Building at the University of Utah
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Richard Lenski and his team perform experiments with microorganisms to watch evolution in real time. In an experiment that he started 28 years ago, he and his team have followed 12 populations of E. coli bacteria as they have evolved in the laboratory for over 65,000 generations. The results of this work provide insights into the process of adaptation by natural selection, the dynamics of genome evolution, and the origin of new functions. Viable samples from throughout the experiment have been stored in freezers, allowing organisms that lived in different generations to be revived and compared—in effect, time travel.

Frontiers of Science is free and open to the public. Please arrive early, as seating and parking will be limited. Click here to learn more about the Frontiers of Science lecture series.

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