Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. 152 years after its first appearance, Darwin’s master work remains a source of tremendous insight and enduring controversy. The intervening years have seen an explosion of discoveries and observations and the development of powerful scientific methodologies including the advent of molecular biology. This talk will explore why Darwin’s idea has continued to hold our attention and inspire formative research after so much time. Once again, Darwin captures the essence of the argument with his assertion that “There is grandeur in this view of life…”. Robert Siegel, Associate Professor at Stanford Medical School, with appointments in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the program in Human Biology, and the Center for African Studies, will discuss these issues.

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