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Mini-Symposium: Patterns in genomes and the evolution of novel genes

This Biodiversity and Evolution mini-symposium will take place at SciLifeLab in Uppsala on May 4 and is part of a series of workshops and mini-symposia covering various research themes that are central for SciLifeLab. The specific focus of this mini-symposium is on patterns in genomes and the evolution of novel genes. The mini-symposium is jointly organized with a KAW-funded project on the evolution of new genes.


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10:00 Welcome
10:10 Promiscuity, serendipity and metabolic innovation
Shelley Copley, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences,
university of Colorado Boulder, USA
10:50 Adaptive evolution by domain fusion and protein delocalization
Paul Rainey, New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, New Zealand
11:30 Lunch break and poster session
13:50 From Boom to bust – the dynamics of bacterial adaptation under prolonged
resource limitation
Ruth Hershberg, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
14:30 The first full Trypanosoma cruzi genomes reveal novel mechanisms for
 immune evasion and genetic exchange
Björn Andersson
, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
15:10 Coffee Break
15:40 De novo evolution of genes
Diethard Tautz, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany
16:20 Duplication-divergence and de novo evolution of new functions
Dan Andersson, IMBIM, Uppsala University, Sweden
17:00 Closing



Confirmed speakers
Paul Rainey, New Zealand Institute for Advanced study
Ruth Hershberg, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Diethard Tautz, Max Planck Institut for Evolutionary Biology
Björn Andersson, Karolinska Institutet
Dan Andersson, Uppsala Universitet
Shelley Copley, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Siv Andersson, Dan Andersson and Stefan Bertilsson, Uppsala University


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