Time: Friday, April 24, 1998: 11:00AM-4:30PM*
Location: Agassiz room -- ground floor of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology building (next to the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
Overview: One characteristic of complex systems is the interaction of component parts which go beyond simple superposition of effects. In genetics interaction effects are called epistasis. In recent years it has been recognized that gene interactions are an integral part of many evolutionary phenomena. We will discuss the problems involved in modeling genetic interactions and analytical approaches to understand their role in evolutionary change.
Günter P. Wagner (Yale University): Introducing the problem of gene interactions in evolutionary theory
David Haig (Harvard University): The social gene
Sean Rice (Yale University): Evolutionary dynamics caused by gene interactions
*Note: Mario R. Capecchi (University of Utah) will be speaking 4:30PM-5:30PM on genetic control of developmental processes at a lecture honoring James D. Watson at Fairchild Lecture Hall sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
This meeting will be informal, allowing for extended discussion. It is organized as the second of a series of meetings of the New England Complex Systems Institute evolution working group. Faculty and students are welcome to participate.
We expect to meet through lunch. Lunch will be available at a local cafeteria or you can bring your own.