PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Genes must predict biological traits, mustn't they? Then why is it so difficult to understand how? (a non-mathematical, philosophical view of biological causation and evolution)
Seminar:Mathematical Biology and Physiology Seminar
Speaker:Ken Weiss, Penn State University
Abstract:
It’s widely assumed that genes determine who we are. But the genetic basis of human traits often turns out to be perplexingly complicated. We face the same problem in trying to understand normal traits, disease, and even behavior—and their evolution. Genomic determinism is at the heart of some of the key problems in modern biology. Computer simulation may be useful here, if we do not build in what we want to learn.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB216
Date:09 / 26 / 2013
Time:11:00am - 01:00pm