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Lectures on applied evolution

UC Riverside has a series of lectures on the application of evolutionary theory this fall. All talks are given by faculty members of the department of biology:

The Battle Within: Our Evolutionary Struggle with Cancer
Leonard Nunney, Department of Biology
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Born to Run: Evolution of Hyperactivity in Mice
Theodore Garland, Department of Biology
Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Silent Majority: How Symbiotic Bacteria Evolve to Help and Hurt
Joel Sachs, Department of Biology
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Because evolution mostly takes place over long periods of time, evolutionary theory does not have a huge range of applied uses. But there are some, with cancer and drug-resistance being the most famous (first and last lectures). I actually don't know how the second lecture on hyperactivity in mice is applied evolutionary thinking...

Despite being really close by, I have never been to UC Riverside. Perhaps I will make it to one of these lectures. Anyone else?

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