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Advances in Molecular Evolution Highlighted Oct. 10

posted September 30, 1998

During his 27 years at Berkeley, Allan Wilson, a pioneer in the field of molecular evolution, developed a "molecular clock" that used the rate of genetic change in each generation to trace the history of humans back to a common ancestry in sub-Saharan Africa almost 200,000 years ago.

This remarkable discovery, known as the Eve hypothesis, and Wilson's impressive body of work have been commemorated annually since his death in 1991 with the Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lecture Series.

This year the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is devoting the lectureship to a one-day mini-symposium on advances in evolution theory, Saturday, Oct. 10 at

10 a.m. in 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building.

Speakers include Rebecca Cann, University of Hawaii; Gary Olsen, University of Illinois; Andrew Knoll, Harvard; Stuart Nichol, Center for Disease Control; Nipam Patel, University of Chicago; and Svante Pääbo, Max Planck Institute.

The evolution of genomes, viruses and diseases, as well as Neanderthal man are some of the topics that will be covered.

For information call 643-5524.


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