Event Guide

Powered by:

Raising the Bar - Darwin's Computer

Raising the Bar - Darwin's Computer

When:

  • Tue 29 Aug, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Where:

Vodka Room, 5 Rose Rd, Grey Lynn Show map

Restrictions:

R18

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

Raising the Bar

In the Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin conceived a grand tree of life that unites species by evolutionary history. Uncovering the details of this evolutionary tree of life has been hugely accelerated in the last two decades by advances in DNA sequencing and computing.

All life on Earth, including our own species, continues to rapidly evolve and this process is relevant to modern concerns. Professor Alexei Drummond will show how computers can be used to reconstruct the history of our own species and how these methods are used to better understand and respond to rapidly-evolving human diseases such as HIV, influenza, Hepatitis C, Dengue, Ebola and Zika.

Bio:
Over the last decade, Professor Alexei Drummond (Director for the Centre of Computational Evolution, University of Auckland) has led a team of students, postdocs, and colleagues in world-leading research that has transformed the way biologists use genetic data to study evolution. The team has developed software that has become the leading tool for investigating how viruses evolve, and for addressing leading questions about the origin of species.

His software is used daily all over the world, and is having a major impact in areas such as human health and disease epidemiology. For example, scientists and health workers used software Alexei pioneered to identify the origin of the Ebola virus in each country in 2014.

This is a free event however you will need to register on the link to avoid disappointment.

People who liked this also checked out

Related Events

How to get your Event listed

To have your Event appear on NZHerald Events, go to www.eventfinda.co.nz who supply the event listings for this site.

Click here to add your Event now!
Powered by:

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited