BIO 597 - Principles of Molecular Evolution

Molecular evolution is a young and exciting field that combines advances in molecular and evolutionary biology with those in computer science and bioinformatics. Although the field now influences most areas of biological research, it has had a particularly strong recent impact in the areas of genome evolution, the evolution of infectious disease, and the evolution of development. Perhaps most important, it has led to a fundamentally new, molecular-based, perspective of biological diversity. This course will provide a detailed introduction to the field of molecular evolution and will emphasis the use of comparative methods to solve evolutionary questions. Although the course is lecture-based, there will be a series of computer labs that will provide practical experience in applying the methods and tools described in the lectures to address specific evolutionary questions.

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