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AIAS Seminar: Peter R. Andersen

Genome ecology - DNA as a habitat for selfish genes

Info about event


Monday 21 September 2020,  at 14:15 - 15:30


The AIAS Auditorium



18 Sep 2020 3:30pm:
Due to COVID-19 t
he talk is only streamed via Zoom. T
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Speaker: Peter R. Andersen, AIAS Fellow and Assistant Professor


DNA is an often used metaphor for corporate or personal identity, but the history of our genomes reveal a different picture to what most imagine. Human DNA, for example is mostly derived from selfish genetic elements, which like viruses only function to copy themselves. Using the powerful genetic model system of the fruit fly, we aim to understand how such selfish genetic elements proliferate and how their genomic habitats (such as humans) evolve to control the spread of selfish genes.

Short bio

Peter Refsing Andersen’s vision is to understand how animal genomes are regulated by leveraging the evolutionary arms races that constantly take place within them. To achieve this, Peter combines his PhD training in the molecular biology of gene expression with his postdoctoral experience in the field of genome defense and genetic conflicts using fruit flies and cell culture systems. 

More about Peter R. Andersen's project and research at AIAS

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English.