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UiO, Campus Blindern Blindernveien 31 Entr. Moltke Moes vei
By Dr. Adam Philippy, National Human Genome Research Institute
For the human population to maintain a constant size from generation to generation, an increase in fertility must compensate for the reduction in the mean fitness of the population caused, among others, by deleterious mutations. The required increase in fertility due to this mutational load depends on the number of sites in the genome that are functional, the mutation rate, and the fraction of deleterious mutations among all mutations in functional regions. These dependencies and the fact that there exists a maximum tolerable replacement level fertility can be used to put an upper limit on the fraction of the human genome that can be functional. Mutational load considerations lead to the conclusion that the functional fraction within the human genome cannot exceed 25%, and is probably considerably lower.
Late Lunch Talks on brain evolution in vertebrates by Masahito Tsuboi from CEES.
This Friday, July 7th, we're discussing a recent paper from the American Naturalist by Brombacher et al. (2017): " The Breakdown of Static and Evolutionary Allometries during Climatic Upheaval".
Hope to see you there!
This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on
what shapes the continuum of reproductive isolation using the famous Heliconius model system, by Mérot et al. 2017 (TProceedings B)
This thursday, at the Speciation Journal Club, we will discuss a paper on frequency dependence, immunity and migration by Bolnick and Stutz published in 2017 in Nature.
Late Lunch Talks on life history strategies by Alexandre Terrigeol and quantitative genetics by Torbjørn Ergon, both at CEES.
Late Lunch Talk by Helle Tessand Baalsrud, CEES
Experts have repeatedly predicted that human life expectancy soon will reach a ceiling, but they have been proven wrong every time. Annual increase in life expectancy has not slowed down, and it continues to increase by 3 months every year.
Gregory Velicer, ETH Zürich, Switzerland will give a lecture on: Diversification of social identity in natural and experimental populations of a cooperative microbe
Late Lunch Talk by Jacqueline Sztepanacz, Florida State University
This week we will discuss a paper by Dunn et al. regarding comparing functional genomic data across species.
Meeting for the CEES Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
Late Lunch Talk by Lee Hsiang Liow, Natural History Museum & Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES)
Body mass is an important indicator of general condition as it reflects energy accessible for survival and reproduction. Recent evidence show that several species have experienced shifts in their body mass due to climate change. In the monogamous wandering albatross, average body mass and breeding success has increased over the last years. Surprisingly, the increase in breeding success seems to be due to heavier fathers investing more in their sons.
It is our pleasure to invite you all to a combined “CEES Beyond 2017” Kick-Off and CEES Spring Party.
This Friday, April 28th, we're discussing a recent paper on the newest SSE model by Rabosky & Goldberg (2017): "FiSSE: A simple nonparametric test for the effects of a binary character on lineage diversiﬁcation rates".
Hope to see you there!
Most demographic population models ignore males, but empirical evidence suggest that they should be included when vital rates are sex-specific. Assumptions about adult sex ratio, social structure, and mating system have been shown to affect estimates of extinction risk and projections of population dynamics. We discuss about when and how to apply two-sex models.
We are inviting all who to an open kick-off seminar for our RCN “Toppforsk” project REPEAT (Evolutionary and functional importance of simple repeats in the genome).
By Susan D. Jones, University of Minnesota, USA
Volterra Lecture by Professor Leif Andersson ,Uppsala University, Texas A&M University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Cand.scient. Paul Ragnar Berg at Department of Biosciences will be defending the thesis Genomic divergence in Atlantic cod populations for the degree of PhD.
Doctoral candidate cand.scient. Paul Ragnar Berg at Department of Biosciences will give a trial lecture on the given topic: Harvest induced evolution: concept, evidence and consequences