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Darwin Day: Why Is Life the Way It Is?

  • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center

Presented by:
Dr. Nick Lane

Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry
University College London

Bacteria evolved into complex life just once in four billion years of life on earth-and all complex life shares many strange properties, from reproduction to ageing and death. But was bacterial evolution the first attempt at life, or did previous efforts fail? And if life evolved on other planets, would it be the same or completely different from that of life on Earth?

Join Dr. Nick Lane as he addresses these questions and other topics drawn from his book, The Vital Question. Lane is a faculty member in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at the University College London. Recognized and honored for his research on evolutionary biochemistry and bioenergetics, his work focuses on the origin of life, and the origin and evolution of eukaryotes. The author of popular science books and articles, Lane is the recipient of the 2015 Biochemical Society Award and the 2016 Michael Faraday Prize from Royal Society of London for excellence in communicating science to audiences in the United Kingdom.

Free and open to the public with a reception to follow.
Sponsored by the Dean's Office of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.

For more information please visit www.duq.edu/darwin.