Evolution of small genomes: facts, myths and unknowns
Prof. Siv Andersson, Biomedical Center (BMC), Uppsala University
Darwin´s revolutionary ideas, born 200 years ago, have reshaped our understanding of the biological world. These concepts were derived largely from his observations on life forms that evolved relatively recently, including various flowering plants, worms, birds and domesticated animals. Yet, life appeared on earth close to 4 billion years ago in the form of unicellular organisms.
With advanced sequencing techniques and bioinfomatic analysis, it is now possible to look in depth at the evolutionary process in these organisms. So, how far we have gone to demystify the evolutionary dynamics of genomes of these organisms? What are the facts, the myths and unknowns in this important area of Biological sciences?
To help answer these questions, the BioNut Science Society has invited Professor Siv. Andersson to give a 30 min talk on this fascinating topic.