“Evolution Matters” Lecture Series at Harvard Museum of Natural History

“Evolution Matters” is “three lectures by Harvard and MIT researchers, which explore issues in evolution from the perspective of the medical sciences.” From the HMNH website:

The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma
Lecture by Marc Kirschner
Thursday, March 11, 7:00 PM

Dr. Marc Kirschner, Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, will discuss his evolutionary theory of how rare and random mutation in organisms can lead to exquisite changes of form and function. Free and open to the public, Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street. Part of the Evolution Matters lecture series.

Evolution of Brain Aging and Cognitive Decline
Lecture by Bruce Yankner
Thursday, March 25, 6:00 PM

During the last century, treatments for the diseases of youth and middle-age adults have helped raise life expectancy. However, neurocognitive decline has emerged as one of the greatest health threats of old age, with nearly 50% of adults over the age of 85 afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease. Meeting this challenge demands a greater understanding of the processes underlying normal and pathological brain aging. Dr. Bruce Yankner, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, will discuss how evolutionary studies are unexpectedly revealing new insights into age-related cognitive decline, suggesting that it may have appeared recently in the primate lineage. Free and open to the public, Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge. Part of the Evolution Matters lecture series.

The Evolutionary and Genetic Basis of Human Reproduction
Lecture by David Page
Thursday, April 15, 6:00 PM

Dr. David Page, Director of the Whitehead Institute and Professor of Biology at MIT, studies sex chromosomes and the critical role they play in human reproduction, with special focus on the evolution of the Y chromosome. His laboratory is currently seeking to unravel the genetic mechanisms responsible for a range of sexual disorders, from failed sperm production to sex reversal to Turner Syndrome. Free and open to the public at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge.  Part of the Evolution Matters lecture series.

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