FRONTIERS OF MOLECULAR EVOLUTION

David G Green dgg900 at anusf.anu.edu.au
Mon Jan 4 18:20:34 EST 1993


                       Robertson Symposium
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                 FRONTIERS OF MOLECULAR EVOLUTION
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              Research School of Biological Sciences
                  Australian National University
                   Canberra, 27-29 January 1993

Molecular biology, the "new biology", lies at the heart of genetic 
engineering and other advances that affect our welfare. Molecular biology 
is also revolutionizing our understanding of evolution. Questions such 
as where and when did human beings first appear? and where and how did 
the AIDS virus arise? are now intertwined with the goal of understanding 
the structure and function of biological macromolecules. The study of the 
origins and changes of these macromolecules, especially DNA, RNA and 
proteins, forms the new science of molecular evolution. 

The programme and speakers as follows. 

RUBISCO
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Paul Curmi                University of NSW
	"Structural & Dynamic Transitions in Rubisco:  
	A Comparison of Activated and Non-Activated Forms"
Steven Gutteridge         DuPont, Delaware
	"Mechanistic Implications of some High Resolution Structures of 
	Ribulose-P2 Carboxylase/Oxygenase from the Cyanobacterium 
	Synechococcus PCC6301"
Matthew Morell            ANU
	To be advised

A SUPERFAMILY OF MEMBRANE TRANSPORTER
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Carl Doige                UC Berkeley
	"Structural and Functional Studies of the Histidine Permease: 
	A Model System for the Superfamily of Traffic ATPases"
Chris Higgins             Oxford
	To be advised
Tony Howells              ANU
	"Structure/Function Studies on the ATP-Binding Transmembrane
	Permeases Involved in Drosophila Eye Pigmentation"

PROTEIN STRUCTURE; DETERMINATION AND PREDICTION
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David Ollis               ANU
	To be advised
Gregory Petsko            Brandeis
	To be advised
Willy Taylor              Mill Hill
	To be advised

HUMAN ORIGINS
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Simon Easteal             ANU 
	To be advised
Masatoshi Nei             Penn. State
	To be advised
Naoyuki Takahata          Mishima
	"On the origin of modern Homo sapiens"

EMERGING VIRUSES
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Charles Calisher          Colorado State
	"Recent Opportunities for the Emergence or Reemergence
	(if not the evolution) of Viruses"
Fernando Garcia-Arenal    Madrid
	"Emergence of New Plant Virus Systems: Two Examples"
Paul Sharp                Dublin
	"Origins and evolution of AIDS viruses"

EVOLUTION OF DEVELOPMENTAL REGULATORY GENES
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Donna Cohen               ANU
	"Transcription Factor AP-1:  A Universal Regulator From 
	Yeast to Mammals."
Richard Harvey            Walter & Eliza Hall Institute
	To be advised
David Miller              James Cook
	"Homeobox gene structure and organization in the lower metazoa"
Nipam Patel               Carnegie
	"A molecular analysis of the evolution of insect segmentation"
Rob Saint                 University of Adelaide
	"Molecular evolution of cell cycle genes"

SEQUENCE ANALYSIS AND PHYLOGENETIC RECONSTRUCTION
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Lloyd Allison             Monash
	"Estimating  Parameters and Evolutionary Distances in 
	the Inference of Evolutionary Trees"
Dan Faith                 CSIRO Wildlife
	"Methods in phylogenetic reconstruction"
David Green               ANU
	"The Chicken or the Egg - The How and Why of Multiple 
	Sequence Alignment."
Alex Reisner              ANGIS
	"The role of networks and databases in sequence analysis"
Mike Steel                Christchurch
	"Spectral analysis - a new approach for tree reconstruction"

THE MOLECULAR TREE OF LIFE
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Mark Chase                Chapel Hill
	To be advised
Charles Marshall          UCLA
	"The relative importance of molecular and morphological data 
	in understanding the evolutionary relationships among animals"
Erko Stackebrandt         University of Queensland
	To be advised


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   Robertson Symposium:  Frontiers of Molecular Evolution
                    27-29 January 1993

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ACCOMMODATION

For participants requiring accommodation during the conference 
on-campus rooms are available in Bruce Hall, one of the residential 
colleges. Single Rooms only, $32 Bed and Breakfast.  Hotel/motel 
accommodation can be organised if requested.

REGISTRATION

Registration fees to cover lunches, morning and afternoon tea, and 
the conference dinner, will be A$100 (students $60). 

Registration                                 $A_________
Accommodation
   Tuesday night
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For more details contact:
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Tanya Joce, Conference Secretary
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PO Box 475                        Phone:  61 6 249 4211
Canberra  ACT  2601               Fax:    61 6 249 4437

Email: david.green at anu.edu.au



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