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1,700 BYU students combine work for Biology 100 Symposium Dec. 6-7

The Integrative Biology Department at Brigham Young University will host its Biology 100 Symposium from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 6-7 in the Wilkinson Center Garden Court.

Nearly 1,700 students will present their posters on the general theme, "Products of the Evolutionary Process." Subtopics include evolution of resistance, breeding programs, transgenic species in agriculture and conserving genetic variation in agriculture.

"This symposium is all about society-related issues that are prominent in our lives," says Rex Cates, a BYU professor of integrative biology who teaches Biology 100 with Larry St. Clair. "It focuses on more than scientific issues--it focuses on the relevant societal issues in biology that affect all of us."

The student presentations fall into the following four subtopics:

  • Evolution of resistance to antibiotics, insecticide treatments and herbicides

  • Breeding programs involving the classical methods used to develop crops and animal breeds.

  • Transgenic species in agriculture designed to improve productivity and quality.

  • Conserving genetic variation in agriculture so that continuing challenges from natural enemies can be addressed. The symposium is free and the public is welcome to walk in anytime to review the posters and ask the students questions.

    For information or questions about the symposium, please contact Samantha Hall at inbiopr@byu.edu.

    Writer: Devin Knighton

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