Great Ideas in Biology

Gyan Bhanot (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Physics)

Life on Earth began more than two billion years ago. In this seminar, we will begin by discussing scientific theories about the origins of life. We will trace the evolution of life from two billion years ago to today, by trying to understand the mechanisms it had to invent and then evolve into the enormous diversity of life we see around us. Examples of some of these inventions are the genetic code, mechanisms of energy production, the complex cell, sex, motion, vision, hot blood, consciousness, and death.  Our  discussions will broadly follow the structure of the book, Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution by Nick Lane.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 17 index 08549