Kraw Lecture: Bugs, Bones, and Ancient DNA

"Bugs, Bones, and Ancient DNA" with Beth Shapiro, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

A leader in the field of ancient DNA, Shapiro uses genetic material recovered from the remains of plants and animals that lived long ago to study evolution and explore how species and ecosystems have changed over time. She isolated the oldest DNA yet recovered--from a 700,000-year-old horse bone--as well as the oldest viral DNA and RNA. By "sequencing the dead," we gain an understanding of how species, populations, and ecosystems changed, leading to better decisions about how to use limited resources to preserve and protect species and ecosystems in the face of current climate change.

6 p.m. Wine & small bites reception
7 p.m. Lecture

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Beth Shapiro is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz. The author of an award-winning book, How to Clone a Mammoth, Shapiro has been a leading voice in discussions of the use of genetic engineering tools for biodiversity conservation and, potentially, for the resurrection of extinct species. She was awarded a MacArthur "genius" fellowship in 2009 and a Packard Fellow and National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2010, among other awards and honors. In May, she was one of 19 top scientists selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to become HHMI investigators and receive the support needed to move her research in creative new directions.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:00pm

UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus

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