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The interaction between functional and evolutionary biology

Seminar   28.04.2009






Prof Michel Morange, Director of the Center for the Study of the History of Science at the Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

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University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ

Room no: GF7, Byrne House

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Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PMThe interaction between functional and evolutionary biologyIn 1961, Ernst Mayr emphasized the existence of two different forms of biology, functional and evolutionary biology, in a highly influential article published in Science. In a first part, I will adopt Ernst Mayr’s point of view, and show that during the whole 20th century there were rare and inefficient attempts to bridge the gap between these two forms of biology. In the second part, I will show that the opposite is true today: there are many different approaches to reduce this gap, coming from both sides. The reasons of this dramatic change will be discussed. Nonetheless, in a third part, I will consider the difficulties and misunderstandings which often prevent an efficient interaction between functional and evolutionary biology

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