Posted by: salamandercandy | June 28, 2007

Molecular Evolution among the Bluenoses

SC has been quiet for a month, we know. It’s a busy summer us. This week, for the second year in a row, I attended the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. This time the conference was in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I saw many outstanding talks and posters on a range of topics in evolutionary genetics: models of codon substitution that account for selection on synonymous sites or tertiary protein structure; evidence for adaptive evolution in mammalian globins, fish antifreeze proteins, and mollusk reproductive proteins; analyses suggesting that positive selective sweeps might be major drivers of genomic evolution; studies of adaptive variation maintained by natural selection in several different taxa; evolutionary forces governing gene duplication; etc. If you understood all of that, you might want to think about joining the Society.

One of the highlights of the meeting was getting to meet some of the other scientist bloggers, whose work so often provides a welcome distraction from whatever I am supposed to be doing. Photographic evidence of this historical encounter can be found here.

Now I’m at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, where I’m about to spend a couple of weeks learning that there’s more to studying molecular evolution than just catching frogs and looking at their DNA sequences. Updates to follow, hopefully.

Meanwhile, Ivan is somewhere off in the wilderness catching frogs. Like I said, it’s a busy summer.


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