Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

2007 GGTP SYMPOSIUM: SEX AND CONFLICT

by Stephen Banse

April 16th, 2007

Friday April 27th, 2007
Sherman-Fairchild Room 102
7 Divinity Avenue, Harvard University

Every year, second year students from the Genetics and Genomics Training Program host a symposium that highlights an area of study that incorporates molecular, cellular, organismic and evolutionary biology. This year, in an effort to provide a fascinating symposium for the broadest of life sciences communities, the symposium committee has selected the ever-interesting world of Sex and Conflict.  A distinguished panel, including speakers from England, Japan, and the United States, will discuss their research on gamete conflict, evolution of the Y chromosome, genomic conflict, the evolutionary biology of sex, gender determination, and why sex exists. With such varied and interesting talks in store, all present will gain a thorough appreciation of sexual conflict and its central role in evolution.

The Symposium will be held Friday, April 27th, from 9:45 am until 5:30 pm, in Sherman Fairchild Lecture Hall (first floor, room 102), 7 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. In keeping with the desire for a symposium designed for a diverse life sciences audience, the symposium will be free, open to the public. No registration is required.

Speakers:

Andrew Clark, Cornell University, “Sexual Conflict as a Driver of Genome Organization”

Olivia Judson, Imperial College London, “Enemies within: Sex, Conflict, and the Divided Self”

Harmit Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, “Satellite Wars: the evolutionary origin of centromere complexity”

Matt Meselson, Harvard University, “The Evolution of Sexual Reproduction”

Bob Vrijenhoek, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, “Bone-eating Marine Worms with Dwarf Males”

Goro Yoshizaki, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, “Testicular Germ Cells Can Produce Functional Eggs”

Talk schedule and additional information is available at http://genetics.harvard.edu/symposium/

The event is sponsored by the Genetics and Genomics Training Program; additional support was provided by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Harvard Integrated Life Sciences.