ISCID - Lynn Caporale
Live Chat with Lynn Caporale on Thursday November 20th at 9pm Eastern.
Lynn Caporale received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California at Berkeley.
After teaching and doing research at New York University, Memorial/Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Georgetown University Medical School
moved to Merck Research Laboratories
, where she
spent over a decade focused on the discovery of new medicines.
Dr. Caporale has held research and senior executive positions with various biotechnology companies and in the pharmaceutical industry and currently is an independent consultant in drug discovery and functional genomics.
latest book Darwin in the Genome , Lynn Caporale
offers an exciting new theory that sees past both the ideas of a purely random model of evolution, and the alternative of the action of an external designer, to reveal a more comprehensible mechanism at work.
A mechanism that looks startlingly strategic and purposeful, and yet is consistent with the basic Darwinian framework.
Simply put: Not all mutations are random accidents.
In the struggle for survival,from pathogens to flowers, birds to orangutans, baker's yeast to human beings,the fittest genomes become effective strategists, responding to, and in fact anticipating, challenges and opportunities in their environments.
In brief, Dr. Caporale
examines the effect of Natural Selection on the very mechanisms that underly evolution, which generate variation as genomes are passed from one generation to the next.
The result, she
explains, is that the ability to evolve itself will evolve.
Writing with elegant clarity and rigor, Lynn Caporale
describes the emergence of genomic mutation strategies, spelling out some of the more profound implications of these insights, including the possibility of bold new directions for medical research, and the inherent dangers of attempting to fix perceived "errors" in a human genome, all the while stressing the importance of human diversity, and biodiversity, for survival in a world in which each of us shares 99.97% of our DNA with every perfect stranger on Earth.
Darwin in the Genome: Molecular Strategies in Biological Evolution by Lynn Caporale
Molecular Strategies in Biological Evolution (New York Academy of Sciences, Vol 870)