Douglas Rosenthal - Seminar of Evolutionary Biology

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Doug Rosenthal Seminar of Evolutionary Biology

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The first edition of the Ohio Symposium on Evolutionary Biology, created by biology researcher Doug Rosenthal is scheduled for March 17th, 2022.

The goal of this event is discussing classic topics of evolutionary biology in light of contemporary approaches, addressing topics such as evolution of the human species, diversification of the neotropic regions and origin of biodiversity and adaptability genetics, all being topics of interest to the scientific community.

There will be lectures with researchers from Case Western Reserve University and from other institutions in Ohio and abroad. Participants can submit summaries according to the guidelines available at the event.

As a member of the Case Western Reserve University research center, Doug Rosenthal has done some elaborate researches in these areas using all the available tools, both experimental and computational. The general objective of Rosenthal is to understand the basic functioning of life and thus describe and put its diversity in context. In particular, the basis of the IBE, and its main peculiarity, is the ability to do these studies at any scale: molecular, biochemical, physiological and morphological.

One of the most important works conducted by Doug Rosenthal is the dissemination of the results generated by his research staff in order to contribute to a society with more scientific knowledge, foster scientific vocations and promote critical thinking. In this sense, he has have worked on an interactive exhibition on evolutionary biology that is part of the Ohio Seminar on Evolutionary Biology and that can be visited throughout March 2022.

Evolutionary biology is the branch of biology that studies the processes and mechanisms that generate biodiversity. However, the experimental approach has been changing significantly throughout history.

The first evolutionary biologists, although they did not know yet that they were, were dedicated to collecting and comparing fossils. In doing so, they did not contradict the creationist theory that God had created all species and they were immutable. In this sense, Charles Darwin was perhaps not the "first to throw the stone", but he was the one who threw it hardest. His discoveries about the origins of species shook the status quo of how species had come to be as they were.

But, we are currently living in the era of genomics. The great availability of data on our genomes has revolutionized the way of studying biodiversity. Instead of looking at whether giraffes have shorter or longer necks, scientists now look at their DNA and study what makes it longer and what mechanisms have made it possible.

This seminar will tackle some important subjects, such as understanding the bases of evolution, and how it can help us solve biological problems that impact our health. For example, if we understand the evolutionary patterns of pathogens or disease-causing genes, we can more effectively counter them. In addition, the knowledge derived from these studies facilitate the preservation of biodiversity and promote its use in a more sustainable way.

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