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3 Networks in Evolution

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Biological entities are organized dynamic systems with a multitude of regulatory interactions that ensure the functioning of the system. The regulatory networks and the system properties of organisms have evolved during evolutionary time, resulting in increasingly more complex and stable networks. Comparative genomics testifies that genetic complexity is best measured by the connectivity of the interacting genesa conclusion that sheds light on other problems as well, to be discussed in the course. We shall characterize the functional and evolutionary effects of the network properties of the genetic, the epigenetic, the behavioural and the linguistic systems, focusing on processes of plasticity and canalisation at all levels. We shall argue that the evolution of new types of biological information, their storage and their transmission evolved as a response to, and within the framework of interacting, highly canalised and plastic informational networks.

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Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology and the Theory of Evolution, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University Chair
Professor and Head, Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology, Eötvös University, Budapest Permanent Fellow, Collegium Budapest Chair

Ph.D. Eva JABLONKA

Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology and the Theory of Evolution, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University

 Fields of study: genetics, epigenetics, theoretical biology, evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, history of philosophy
 Places of study: Beer Sheva University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, London University
1976 B. SC. in Biology from Ben-Gurion University, Israel
1980 M.Sc. (with distinction) in Microbiology from Ben-Gurion University, Israel
1988 Ph.D. in Genetics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1990-1993 Lecturer in the Cohn Institute, Tel-Aviv University
1993-2000 Senior Lecturer
1994-1995 Fellow of Collegium Budapest
1997-1998 Fellow of Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin
since 2000 Associate Professor in the Cohn Institute, Tel-Aviv University
since 2000 Visiting scholar in the Museum of Vertebrale Ecology, Berkeley

Dr. Eörs SZATHMARY

Professor and Head, Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology, Eötvös University, Budapest Permanent Fellow, Collegium Budapest

 Studied Evolutionary Biology, Theoretical Biology at the Eötvös University, Budapest
1984-1987 Ph.D. student, Eötvös University, Budapest
1987-1988 Soros scholar, Brighton University of Sussex
1988-1991 Research Fellow, Eötvös University, Budapest
1991-1992 Research Fellow, National Institute for Medical Research, London
1992-1993 Guest Professor, University of Zürich, Schweiz
1994 Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

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