The New You: How Symbiosis Studies Have Undercut Biological Views of Individuality

The New You: How Symbiosis Studies Have Undercut Biological Views of Individuality
Event on 2013-04-08 00:00:00
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Mon., Apr. 8, 2013, 7 – 8:15 p.m.

What defines an individual? Can an animal be construed an individual if its anatomy, physiology, development, and even its immune systems depend on symbiotic microorganisms? What becomes of the genetic and evolutionary individual when inherited symbionts provide selectable variation for the host? Animal plus symbiont equals… what? Super-animal? Team? Holobiont? Have we been lumping and sorting erroneously only to learn through advances in biotechnology that individuals are really communities or, perhaps, relationships? Join us for a mind-bending presentation that may leave you reassessing your place in the biosphere.

Gazette Classification: Lecture, Science
Organization/Sponsor: Arnold Arboretum
Speaker(s): Scott Gilbert, Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology, Swarthmore College
Cost: Free, but registration requested
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