Meeting announcement

Gerrit Begemann Gerrit.Begemann at
Wed Aug 16 15:18:13 EST 2000


Gene and genome duplications and the evolution of novel gene 

April 26-30, 2001 Aussois, France (a beautiful location in the 
French Alps near Lyon and Grenoble)  

Organized by: 
Prof Axel Meyer (Chairman, Department of Biology, University of 
Konstanz, 78457 Konstanz, Germany) and 

Dr. Herve Philippe (Vice-Chairman, Universit=E9 Paris-Sud, C.N.R.S. 
UPRESA 8080, Equipe Phylog=E9nie et Evolution Mol=E9culaires, 
B=E2timent 444, F - 91405 Orsay Cedex, France)  

Duplications of genes and entire genomes are one of the major 
mechanisms that facilitated the increasing complexity of 
organisms in the evolution of life.  Gene duplications have permitted 
the functional diversification of genes, created gene families and 
generally increased genomic and possibly also phenotypic 
complexity.  However, there is still great uncertainty about the role 
of gene and/or genome-wide duplications and the evolution of 
regulatory changes in producing the architectures of genomes and 
their relative influence on the evolution of novel body plans during 
major transitions in the eukaryotic phyla and kingdoms.  

Topics that will be covered during the conference include:

- Evidence for genome duplications during eukaryote evolution with 
emphasis on vertebrates and plants
- Gene loss or gain of function after gene duplication? 
- Evolution of novel gene functions 
- The evolution of gene families, phylogenetic inferences, and 
chromosomal evolution - Homology, paralogy and analogy: 
terminological muddle and consequences of gene duplications 
- Genomic evolution: lessons from the current genome projects 
- Comparative genomics in the age of genome projects 
- Concerted vs. birth-and-death evolution in multigene families  

Invited speakers include:

Andre Adoutte (Centre de Genetique Moleculaire, France)
Giorgio Bernardi (Stazione Zoologica "A. Dohrn", Italy)
MarioCappeci (University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA)
Eric Davidson (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Bernard Dujon (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Allan Force (University of Oregon, USA)
Christian Gautier (Universite Claude Bernard-Lyon, Villeurbanne, 
Manolo Gouy (Universit=E9 Claude Bernard, France) 
Steven Henikoff (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 
Seattle, USA) 
Peter Holland (University of Reading, UK) 
Austin Hughes (University of South Carolina, USA)
Wen-Hsiung Li (The University of Chicago, USA) 
Bernard Jacq (G=E9n=E9tique et Physiologie du D=E9veloppement, 
Marseille, France) 
Lars-Gustaf Lundin, (University of Uppsala, Sweden) 
Michael Lynch (Indiana University, USA)
Masatoshi Nei, (The Pennsylvania State University, USA) 
John Postlethwait, (University of Oregon, USA) 
Frank Ruddle  (Yale University , USA)
David Sankoff (Universit=E9 de Montr=E9al, Canada) 
Manfred Schartl (University of Wurzburg, Germany) 
Arend Sidow (School of Medicine, Stanford University, USA) 
J=FCrg Spring (Zoologisches Institut Base, Switzerland)
Jean Thierry-Mieg (Biochimie Macromol=E9culaire, Monpellier, 
France) Dr. Vernier, Philippe (Institut Alfred Fessard, Gif-sur-
Yvestte, France) 
Bruce Walsh (University of Arizona, USA) 
Kenneth Wolfe (University of Dublin, Ireland)

Applications for registration:

A limited number of slots for 15 minute contributed talks are 
available, but submission of abstracts for poster presentations are  

Applications to participate in the conference- in the form of a title 
and an abstract of up to 250 words - should be send to Yves Van 
de Peer yvesvandepeer at or Axel Meyer 
axel.meyer at before October 31st.  

Costs of registration which includes housing, food and reception 
are: PhD. Students: 450 USD Non-students:  600 USD  

Further information can be found at http://monod.univ-

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