Biological Mechanisms in Evolution: Biological Mechanisms in Evolution in Basic Biology, Cancer, Infectious Disease and Medicine

he goal of this meeting is to bring current understanding of biological mechanisms, including molecular mechanisms of genome plasticity, mutagenesis, protein- and RNA-based inheritance, epigenetics, stress, stress responses, stochasticity, and phenotypic variation and plasticity (among others), to bear on understanding of evolution, and the many medical and basic-science problems driven by evolution. We hope to unite what have been disparate fields: evolutionary biology and mechanistic molecular genetics, genomics and molecular biology, focusing on the contributions of the latter to our understanding of evolution. The "modern synthesis" of the early twentieth century, which gave birth to current evolutionary biology, predated the molecular biology revolution. Traditional evolutionary biology has not always kept pace with changes to the basic assumptions of genetic inheritance and discoveries of non-genetic inheritance that have come from studies on molecular mechanisms. Similarly, molecular biology has often ignored the critical roles of evolution in important medical and basic-biological problems. This meeting is aimed at the growing body of investigators attempting to bring molecular biological mechanisms to bear on understanding of evolution. The goals are to catalyze integrated, mechanistic views of mechanisms of evolution operating today and their consequences in medicine and basic biology. Although molecular biology is only recently beginning to penetrate the arena of evolutionary biology, integration of these disciplines is crucial for deeper understanding of evolution and biology in general. This meeting will give a home and community to researchers doing this.
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Confirmed Dpeakers and Discussion Leaders:

Robert Austin, Princeton University
Leah Cowen, University of Toronto
John W Drake, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park
David Dubnau, Public Health Research Institute, Newark
Yuri Dubrova, University of Leicester
Peter Glazer, Yale University
PJ Hastings, Baylor College of Medicine
Lilach Hadany, Tel Aviv University
Christophe Herman, Baylor College of Medicine
Barbara Hohn, Friedrich Miescher Institute of Biomedical Research
Laura Landweber, Princeton University
Stanislas Leibler, Rockefeller University
Kim Lewis, Northeastern University
Susan Lindquist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lawrence Loeb, University of Washington
Ivan Matic, INSERM, France
Carlo Maley, University of California, San Francisco
Franziska Michor, Harvard Medical School
Carmel Mothersill, McMaster University
Miroslav Radman, INSERM, France
Erika Shor, Princeton University
Thea Tlsty, University of California, San Francisco

Preliminary Program
A list of preliminary session topics and speakers is currently being developed by the Conference Chair and will be available by December 1, 2012. Please check back for updates.

2 Jun - 7 Jun 2013
United States of America
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