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Evolutionary struggle with cancer is focus of public lecture at UC Riverside
Date:10/8/2009

in 1980 after teaching at the University of Edinburgh and completing a postdoctoral appointment at Princeton University. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He has published many research papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals on evolution and its application to real life problems. These applications include the conservation of endangered species, the control of agricultural pests and pathogens, and understanding the origins of cancer.

Currently, Nunney is working on a genomic study of Xylella fastidiosa, a plant pathogen causing Pierce's disease of grape, the disease that severely threatened winegrowing in Temecula, Calif. He also is involved in several studies in conservation genetics, including a study of the extent to which major roads split healthy populations into small vulnerable units that lack the genetic variability to adapt to new challenges such as disease and climate change.

Nunney's lecture is the first of three lectures in the series "The Science of Evolution II: Applying Evolutionary Ideas." The remaining two lectures, "Born to Run: Evolution of Hyperactivity in Mice" and "The Silent Majority: How Symbiotic Bacteria Evolve to Help and Hurt," are scheduled for Oct. 29 and Nov. 12, respectively.


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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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