Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Jumping Genome: Changing Ideas about Heredity and Evolution with Nina Fedoroff (VIDEO)
The Jumping Genome: Changing Ideas about Heredity and Evolution with Nina Fedoroff.
Genetics traces its origins to monk Gregor Mendel's experiments on common pea plants. The 20th century witnessed the explosive growth of genetics from the naming of genes to the identification of DNA as the stuff of heredity by Nobel Laureates Watson and Crick to the sequencing of whole genomes. Fedoroff's lecture explores the revolutions in ideas of genes and chromosomes from beads on a string to the jumping corn genes of Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock to contemporary ideas of a dynamic genome - Santa Fe Institute