SMBE Satellite Meeting/NIG International Symposium
The Causes of Genome Evolution
March 14 - March 17, 2014
Toray Conference Center, Mishima, Japan
The coupling of progress in DNA sequencing and high-throughput experimental methods with developments in theoretical population genetics have led to major advances in our understanding of the causes of genome evolution. This conference of about 50 researchers will focus on the interplay of molecular and evolutionary mechanisms underlying genome diversity within and among species.
Topics for the symposium include:
- Species interactions and genome evolution: Symbionts, pathogens and their hosts
- Emergence of novel genes and functions
- Protein misfolding, disease, and proteome evolution
- Junk DNA and the evolution of complexity
- Sexually antagonistic selection and sex chromosome evolution
- RNA structure/function and compensatory molecular evolution
This conference will include a special session to honor the pioneering work of Tomoko Ohta on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Dr. Ohta and has made seminal contributions to the population genetics of weak selection as well as gene family evolution over nearly five decades. Her proposal of weak selection as a key factor in evolution (published in 1973) has gained wide acceptance and “near neutrality” is considered a predominant mode of evolution of proteins, regulatory regions and other classes of coding and non-coding DNA. The interaction of genetic drift and natural selection may also be critical for understanding the evolution of phenotypic complexity in multicellular eukaryotes.
This conference will consist of a combination of lectures (30-40 minutes/each) and poster sessions with ample time and settings for discussion and exchange over three and a half days. All participants will have an opportunity to give an oral or poster presentation.
Student / postdoctoral fellow involvement
We aim for >30% students and post-doctoral fellows among the conference participants. The size of the conference should be ideal for promoting interactions among junior and senior researchers.