Two biologists, Marc Kirschner and John Gerhart, propose that their new theory, "facilitated variation", provides an original solution to this longstanding puzzle of random genetic change. They show how the deep molecular biology of the cell actually fosters biological novelties when plants and animals need them most, not merely when random chance generates them. On Wednesday, January 25 from 6 to 7 p.m., Dr. Kirschner will discuss his new book, The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin's Dilemma, which he co-authored with Gerhart, at New York Academy of Sciences headquarters, 2 East 63rd Street.
The event is part of the Academy's Readers & Writers lecture series, which highlights the latest and most important science books for the benefit of the press and public. By closing the major gap in Darwin's theory, Kirschner and Gerhart provide a timely scientific rebuttal to modern critics of evolution who champion "intelligent design." After surveying the latest genetic research, the researchers came to a surprising conclusion: complex living systems are plausible only if evolution can generate them, and it is life by design that is implausible.
Book sale and reception to follow.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Marc W. Kirschner is professor and chair, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and as President of the American Society for Cell Biology.
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