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Evolution Happening Before Our Eyes – How Viruses Evolve (ext event)

Description: DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival presents

Evolution Happening Before Our Eyes – How Viruses Evolve

With Dr Daniel Goldhill.

We may be used to thinking of evolution as a slow, gradual process which takes place over thousands if not millions of years. However, viruses can evolve over the course of weeks or even days and we can watch it happen in the lab or in the outside world. In the middle of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have been exposed to viral evolution on a grand scale. What lets viruses jump between animals and humans? Should we worry about viral mutations? Will SARS-CoV-2 become more or less deadly? How do viruses evolve resistance to drugs? Why do you need a new flu vaccine each year but a measles vaccine lasts your whole life?

To answer these questions, we need to understand viral evolution. This talk will show how we can see the effects of viral evolution in the world currently around us and how we can use viruses in the lab to test evolutionary ideas. Evolution happens fastest at the smallest scale.

Sign up at https://darwin.originalshrewsbury.co.uk/events/how-viruses-evolve

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Time: 19:30 GMT
Access: Public
Category: (i) External event of interest*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Wednesday, 10 February 2021 13:02 GMT
Attachments: None

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