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********** SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCEMENT **********
MOVING BEYOND MITOCHONDRIA: NUCLEAR DNA AND THE EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS OF
FISHES, AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES.
To be held at the 77th Annual Meeting of the American Society of
Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
June 25 - July 2, 1997
University of Washington
A. M. Shedlock, Coordinator
During the past decade, the use of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to study the
phylogeny and population genetics of fishes, amphibians and reptiles has
greatly proliferated, and mtDNA has arguably become the standard molecule
of choice among most ichthyologists and herpetologists doing comparative
molecular genetics. This wave of research has also highlighted the
limitations associated with using mtDNA, and an increasing number of
investigators are now turning to the nuclear genome to answer evolutionary
questions for which mtDNA may have less or no utility.
This symposium is designed to cover a wide variety of topics under the
common theme of employing nuclear DNA to study fishes, amphibians and
reptiles. This includes higher level systematic, biogeographic, and
molecular evolutionary studies, including studies specifically comparing
nuclear and mtDNA systems. It also includes intra-specific studies of
population biology, such as those employing VNTR loci, introns, and other
nuclear markers of utility below the species level. The expectations are
that the symposium will not only represent a timely survey of important
case studies but will also promote exchange among a broad cross-section of
scientists with common interests in using molecular tools to study
ichthyology and herpetology.
If you are working with the nuclear DNA of fishes, amphibians or reptiles
and would like to participate in this symposium, please send your name,
title, institutional address, and a brief overview of your research to
Andrew M. Shedlock, University of Washington, FTR, Box 355100, Seattle, WA
98195. Email correspondence is preferred: <shedlock at u.washington.edu>.
Thank you for your consideration.