UO Lectures to Explore Stuff of Life

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Byline: Greg Bolt The Register-Guard

The complexity of living organisms boils down to how four chemicals are arranged in strands of DNA, yet those four chemicals help produce an astounding and even baffling array of organisms and traits.

Understanding the processes that produce such complexity can be difficult, but a new lecture series at the University of Oregon will try to make it easier. The three public lectures will be held during the next two months on the UO campus.

The first will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 282 of Lillis Hall. The other two will be held in Room 150 in Columbia Hall on May 3 and May 23, both at 7 p.m. All of the lectures are free.

The series is called "The Individual in the Genomic Era" and is being organized by the Graduate Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Students, an organization of graduate students in the UO's Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. It's part of an effort to better communicate the results and importance of scientific research to a general audience.

In addition to talking about the science behind genetics and genomics, the series will look at the potential ethical and moral implications of such research.

Tuesday's talk will be "The Genomics Revolution" by UO biology professor William Cresko. …