Evolution of Advanced Life Webinar
|Description:||Research associated with the study of the evolution of advanced life seeks to determine the biological and environmental factors leading to the development of multicellularity on Earth and the potential distribution of complex life in the Universe. This research includes studies of the origin and early evolution of those biological factors that are essential to multicellular life, such as developmental programs, intercellular signaling, programmed cell death, the cytoskeleton, cellular adhesion control and differentiation, in the context of the origin of advanced life. This research area also includes an evaluation of environmental factors such as the influence of extraterrestrial (e.g., bolide impacts, orbital and solar variations, gamma-ray bursts, etc.) and planetary processes (“Snowball Earth” events, rapid climate change, etc.) on the appearance and evolution of multicellular life. Of particular interest are mass extinction events.
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Monday 13 May 2013, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima