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NSIS Public Lecture – December

Date: December 5, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Auditorium, Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St., Halifax NS

Molecular Clocks: Using DNA to Infer Evolution
Speaker: Dr. John Archibald
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

The science of DNA has revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. From evolution and forensics to
epidemiology and medicine, the ability to determine an organism’s complete genetic makeup has changed the way
science is done and the questions that can be asked of it. In this lecture, Dr. Archibald will give an overview of how information contained within genes and genomes is used to address fundamental questions in biology. Topics will include the use of molecules as ‘clocks’, viral and bacterial evolution, and the human genome.