"Natural Selection in a Test Tube" will be presented by Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Biology Susan Bailey at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Best Western University Inn Rushton Room, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.
Evolution has given rise to the impressive diversity of plants, animals, bacteria, and other organisms living in the world around us, but understanding the details of how this occurred can be difficult.
Experimental evolution is one approach biologists take when tackling this problem. Fast-growing microbes are introduced to a new environment in the lab and their evolutionary progress is observed as it happens -- over the course of a few weeks or months. Join Bailey for a look into the field of experimental-evolutionary biology.
Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists, and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.
Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.
Email Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.
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