We are meeting Thursdays 11:45-12:45pm (note slightly changed time) in term time, in room LG04 of the Department of Statistics.
This term (Trinity 2019) each meeting will focus on one classic paper about the evolution of ageing, together with one more recent paper that further develops or criticises the classic. Meetings are open to all.
- 9 May: Peter Medawar, “An unsolved problem in biology”.
- 16 May: William D. Hamilton and mutation-selection equilibrium
- Main paper: “The moulding of senescence by natural selection”. Journal of Theoretical Biology (1966) 12, 12-45.
- Supplementary reading: Brian Charlesworth, “Patterns of age-specific means and genetic variances of mortality rates predicted by the mutation-accumulation theory of ageing” Journal of Theoretical Biology 210.1 (2001): 47-65.
- K W Wachter, S N Evans, D Steinsaltz, “The age-specific force of natural selection and biodemographic walls of death“. PNAS 110.25 (2013): 10141-10146.
- 23 May: August Weismann, “The duration of life”. [link seems to require opening in new tab]
- 30 May: Cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
- 6 June: Two short papers
- George Williams, “Pleiotropy, Natural Selection, and the Evolution of Senescence”. Evolution. 11 (4): 398–411.
- Thomas Kirkwood, “Evolution of ageing”. Nature. (1977): 301–4.
- 13 June: No meeting.
- 20 June: Steven Austad, “Retarded senescence in an insular population of Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana)”. Journal of Zoology, 229(4), 695-708.