Causality and the Diversity of Life from the Top-Down

Friday, 13 February 2015: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room LL20D (San Jose Convention Center)
Victoria J. Orphan, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
The tree of life documents the top-down historical tracings of biological evolution in morphological, functional, and chemical terms. The origins of biological diversity reflect a coalescence of genes and environment, together determining organismal structure and chemical agency. We will present examples of remarkable biochemical adaptation from a variety of extreme environments highlighting a diversity of biochemical mechanisms ensuring organismal survival.