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Evolutionary anthropologist to speak on his work, Oct. 15

"Genomic Approaches to Human Origins" is the title of a lecture to be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in McCosh 50.

The speaker will be Svante Paabo, director of the Department of Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. He and his colleagues study the genetic history of humans, apes and other organisms. They are interested both in the forces that affect the genome directly, such as mutation and recombination, and in the effects of selection and population history.

In his lecture, Paabo will describe work demonstrating that, despite the fact that the DNA sequences of humans and chimpanzees differ only slightly, the activity levels of their genes differ considerably. He also will highlight results on the evolution of the first gene known to be involved in the ability of humans to use language.

Paabo's talk is designated as the Spencer Trask Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series It will be Webcast live.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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