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In the Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin conceived a grand tree of life that unites species by evolutionary history. Uncovering the details of this evolutionary tree of life has been hugely accelerated in the last two decades by advances in DNA sequencing and computing.
All life on Earth, including our own species, continues to rapidly evolve and this process is relevant to modern concerns. Professor Alexei Drummond will show how computers can be used to reconstruct the history of our own species and how these methods are used to better understand and respond to rapidly-evolving human diseases such as HIV, influenza, Hepatitis C, Dengue, Ebola and Zika.