Molecular Evolution Activities

Dibner Seminar Schedule 2004

Dibner Seminar

Perspectives on Molecular Evolution



All meetings will held in 210 Marine Resources Center, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday May 19th

5:00-6:00pm Organizers and Instructors Meeting in Swope Hall
6:30-8:30 pm Opening Reception and Dinner in Swope Hall

Thursday May 20th

8:30 am “Opening Comments”
“Introduction to MBL” – Jane Maienschein

9-12 Perspectives on Molecular Evolution: An Historical Overview
Mike Dietrich

* Thomas Jukes, “Early Development of the Neutral Theory,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 14 (1991) 473-485.
* Morris Goodman, “Epilogue: A Personal Account of the Origins of a New Paradigm,” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 5 (1996) 269-285.
* R. F. Doolittle, “Some reflections on the early days of sequence searching,” Journal of molecular medicine 75, no. 4 (1997) 239-241.
* Tomoko Ohta and John Gillespie, “Development of Neutral and Nearly Neutral Theories,” Theoretical Population Biology 49 (1996) 128-142.

Library Tour

12:-2 Lunch and small group meetings

2-5 Molecular Systematics
Joel Hagen

* W. Fitch. and E. Margoliash. "Construction of phylogenetic trees" Science 155 (1967) 279 284.
* Joel Hagen, "The Statistical Frame of Mind in Systematic Biology from Quantitative Zoology to Biometry," Journal of the History of Biology 36 (2003): 353-384.
* Linus Pauling and Emile Zuckerkandl, "Chemical Paleogenetics: 'Molecular Restoration' Studies of Extinct Forms of Life," Acta Chemica Scandinavica 17 (1963): S9 - S16.

Friday May 21st

9-10:30 Panel on the Origins of Neutral Molecular Evolution
Mike Dietrich, Dick Lewontin, William Provine and Edna Suarez

* Richard Lewontin, The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change. .New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1974, Chapter 5, pp. 189-271.
* Michael R. Dietrich, "The Origins of the Neutral Theory of Molecular Evolution", Journal of the History of Biology 27(1994):21-59.
* Edna Suarez, and Anna Barahona, “The experimental roots of the neutral theory of molecular evolution,".History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 18 (1996):55-81.

10:30 –12 The Development of the Neutral and Nearly Neutral Theories
Will Provine

* Motoo Kimura, "Evolutionary Rate at the Molecular Level," Nature 217 (1968), 624-626.
* Jack King and Thomas Jukes, "Non-Darwinian Evolution," Science 164 (1969), 788- 798.
* Tomoko Ohta, “Slightly Deleterious Mutant Substitutions in Evolution,” Nature 246 (1973) 96-98.
* Tomoko Ohta, “The Nearly Neutral Theory of Molecular Evolution,” Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 23 (1992) 263-286.
* William Provine, “Western Geneticists “Discover” Kimura,” Journal of Genetics 75 (1996) 9-18.
* James F. Crow, “Motoo Kimura: Student, Colleague, and Friend,” Journal of Genetics 75 (1996) 5-8.
* Tomoko Steen, “Always an Eccentric?: A Brief Biography of Motoo Kimura,” Journal of Genetics 75 (1996) 19-26.

12:-2 Lunch and small group meetings

2-5 The Neutralist-Selectionist Controversy
Will Provine, Dick Lewontin, and Roger Milkman

* Motoo Kimura, "DNA and the Neutral Theory," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Socety of London, Series B, Biological Sciences. 312 (1986) 343-354.
* Motoo Kimura and Tomoko Ohta, "On Some Principles Governing Molecular Evolution,"Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 71 (1974) 2848-2852.

Saturday May 22nd

9-12 Modeling and Testing Neutrality and Selection
Mike Dietrich and Dick Lewontin

* R. C. Lewontin and J. Krakauer, “Distribution of Gene Frequency as a Test of the Theory of the Selective Neutrality of Polymorphisms,” Genetics 74 (1973) 175-195.
* M. Kreitman, “Methods to Detect Selection in Populations with Applications to the Human,” Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics 1 (2000) 539-569.

12:-2 Lunch and small group meetings

2-5 Techniques and Experimentation
Edna Suarez

* D. Giacomoni, "The origin of DNA-RNA Hybridization", Journal of the History of Biology 26 (1993):89-97.
* L. Kay, "Laboratory technology and Biological knowledge: the Tisselius Electrophotretic Apparatus, 1930-1945," History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 10 (1988):51-72
* Edna Suarez, "Satellite-DNA: a case study for the evolution of experimental techniques," Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biology and Biomedical Science 32 (2001):31-57.

Sunday May 23rd Break. No seminar meetings

Monday May 24th

9-12 Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny
Jan Sapp

* Jan Sapp, “Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny,” in Genesis. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 217-233.
* C.R. Woese, O. Kandler and M.L. Wheelis, "Towards a Natural System of Organisms: Proposal for the Domains Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucarya,"Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 87
* E. Mayr, "Two Empires or Three?" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 95 (1998):9720-9723
* C.R. Woese, "The Universal Ancestor," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 95 (1998): 6854-6859.
* C.R. Woese, "Default Taxonomy; Ernst Mayr's View of the Microbial World," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 95 (1998): 11043-11046.
* W.F. Doolittle, "Evolution, Uprooting the Tree of Life," Scientific American 282 (2000): 90-95

12:-2 Lunch and small group meetings

2-5 Microbial Evolution
Carl Woese and Jan Sapp

Tuesday May 25th

9-12 Microbial Evolution
Mitch Sogin

M. L. Sogin, J. D. Silberman, G. Hinkle, and H. G. Morrison, "Problems with Molecular Diversity in the Eukarya," Society for General Microbiology Symposium 54: Evolution of Microbial Life, ed. D. McL. Roberts, P. Sharp, G. Alderson and M.A. Collins. Cambridge University Press, 1996. pp. 167-184.

12:-2 Lunch and small group meetings

2-5 Assessing the Impact of Molecular Biology on Evolution
Mike Dietrich and John Beatty

Lobster Dinner

Wednesday May 26th Departure.



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