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Title: Collective and Nonlinear Phenomena in Evolution
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Goldenfeld, Nigel
Issue Date: 8-Dec-2009
Event Date: 8-Dec-2009
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 box 1.4
Notes: Institute for Advanced Study Workshop: Evolution: Foundations, Fundamentals, and Disease. Session 1: The Foundations of Evolution.
Abstract: During the last 50 years or so, molecular biology and genomics have revealed a picture of the microscopic mechanisms of evolution that considerably extends the assumptions built into the so‐called Modern Synthesis. The Modern Synthesis is based upon the rediscovery of Mendelian genetics in the early 20th century, and is manifestly a theory of population genetics—but not of the evolutionary process itself. The discovery of mobile genetic elements in many forms, ranging from transposons to horizontal gene transfer, now known to be present in all of the three domains of life, requires a re‐evaluation of the evolutionary process, whose goal would be a quantitative understanding of the rate of evolution, encompassing both rapid and geological time scales.
Duration: 82 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
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