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Darwin Day 2017

The Vital Question: Why Is Life the Way It Is?

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017 | 7 P.M.
Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom
Duquesne University Power Center

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Darwin Day 2017

Presented by:
Dr. Nick Lane

Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry
University College London

Bacteria evolved into complex life just once in four billion years of life on earth-and all complex life shares many strange properties, from reproduction to ageing and death. But was bacterial evolution the first attempt at life, or did previous efforts fail? And if life evolved on other planets, would it be the same or completely different from that of life on Earth?

Join Dr. Nick Lane as he addresses these questions and other topics drawn from his book, The Vital Question. Lane is a faculty member in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at the University College London. Recognized and honored for his research on evolutionary biochemistry and bioenergetics, his work focuses on the origin of life, and the origin and evolution of eukaryotes. The author of popular science books and articles, Lane is the recipient of the 2015 Biochemical Society Award and the 2016 Michael Faraday Prize from Royal Society of London for excellence in communicating science to audiences in the United Kingdom.

Free and open to the public with a reception to follow.
Sponsored by the Dean's Office of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.


About Darwin Day 2017

Darwin Day is Duquesne's annual international celebration of the life and work of Charles Darwin. The event emphasizes the importance of science education in today's modern world, and the impact that evolutionary biology has on many aspects of our lives.


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