Center of Science, Policy and Society Programs: AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion
AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion
News & Events: Public LectureGenome Lineages and the Evolution of Life
4 November 2004
Analyses of complete genomes are providing unprecedented insights into the evolution of eukaryotes and prokaryotes. For example recent analyses of four complete genomes have shown that both prokaryotes and eukaryotes contain two types of genes, and both types have different inheritances. One class of genes, informational genes (genes primarily involved in translation, transcription, replication, etc.), is a deeply diverging lineage which has been transferred in a tree-like pattern. In contrast, operational genes (genes primarily involved in housekeeping), have been inherited by horizontal transfer. These findings are rapidly changing our perceptions of the evolution of life and potentially have implications for a religious understanding of life and its history.
- James Lake, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California - Los Angeles
- Antje Jackelén, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Systematic Theology/Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology - Chicago, Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science