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Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The goal of this meeting is to bring current understanding of biological mechanisms, including molecular mechanisms of genetics, genomic plasticity, epigenetics, protein- and RNA-based inheritance, stress, stress responses, stochasticity, and phenotypic variation and plasticity (among others), to bear on understanding of evolution, and the many medical and basic-science problems driven by evolution. We hope to unite what have been disparate fields: evolutionary biology/population genetics and mechanistic molecular genetics, genomics and molecular biology. The modern synthesis of the early twentieth century fused Mendelian genetic concepts with Darwin’s theory of natural selection, giving birth to current evolutionary biology. But this foundation predates the molecular biology revolution that began in the 1950s and continues unslowed, including into modern medicine. On the one hand, traditional evolutionary biology has not always kept pace with changes to the basic assumptions of genetic inheritance and discoveries of non-genetic inheritance that have come from studies on molecular mechanisms. On the other hand, similarly, the focus of molecular biology on biological, biochemical and biophysical mechanisms has often ignored the critical roles of evolution in important medical and basic-biological problems. This conference is aimed at the growing body of investigators attempting to straddle these disciplines. The goals are to catalyze more realistic views of mechanisms of evolution and their consequences in medicine and basic biology. Although molecular biology is only recently beginning to penetrate the arena of traditional evolutionary biology, integration of these disciplines is crucial for deeper understanding of evolution and biology in general. This conference will give a home and community to researchers doing this.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution
Combining Evolutionary and Molecular Biology to Understand Emergence and Fate of Biological Systems
Jun 11-16 Stonehill College Ivan Matic
2015 Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution
Using Evolutionary Perspectives to Inform Molecular Biology and Medicine, and Molecular Biology to Elucidate Evolutionary History and Mechanisms
Jun 28 - Jul 3 Stonehill College Christine Queitsch
2013 Biological Mechanisms in Evolution
In Basic Biology, Cancer, Infectious Disease and Medicine
Jun 2-7 Stonehill College Susan M. Rosenberg
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