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Title: A Genomic Synthesis for Evolutionary Theory: Mutation is not Random
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Caporale, Lynn
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 2: Moving beyond classic darwinian evolution.
Abstract: The Theory of Evolution (TofE) states that selection acts upon heritable variation that affects fitness. In this talk, I will distinguish among the TofE itself, observations related to the theory, and interpretations (and misinterpretations) by scientists and by popular culture. The application of the TofE to biological evolution was incomplete in the 19th Century because, as Darwin himself recognized, the source of genetic variation was not understood. When the Modern Synthesis incorporated the concept of genes and mutation into evolutionary theory the term random mutation incorrectly became associated with Darwin himself and the TofE.
Duration: 61 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
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