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When engineers build machines, they must make decisions about performance.  For example, designing an internal combustion engine involves choosing between efficiency (a Prius) and power (a Porsche).  Engineers can’t have it all!  Amazingly, biological evolution involves the same type of constraints—often called “trade-offs.”  I will talk about how we tried to evolve bacteria to grow fast and swim fast in my lab.  Surprisingly, bacteria cannot do both and must, like an engineer, choose between fast growth and fast swimming.  I will discuss when and why bacteria choose a Porsche over a Prius, or a Prius over a Porsche.

Even Evolution Cannot Have It All

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Professor Seppe Kuehn, Department of Physics, University of Illinois

141 Loomis Laboratory

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Even Evolution Can't Have it All

Speaker Professor Seppe Kuehn, Department of Physics, University of Illinois
Date: 12/1/2018
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Location:

141 Loomis Laboratory

Sponsor:

Department of Physics

Event Type: Lecture
 

When engineers build machines, they must make decisions about performance.  For example, designing an internal combustion engine involves choosing between efficiency (a Prius) and power (a Porsche).  Engineers can’t have it all!  Amazingly, biological evolution involves the same type of constraints—often called “trade-offs.”  I will talk about how we tried to evolve bacteria to grow fast and swim fast in my lab.  Surprisingly, bacteria cannot do both and must, like an engineer, choose between fast growth and fast swimming.  I will discuss when and why bacteria choose a Porsche over a Prius, or a Prius over a Porsche.

Even Evolution Cannot Have It All

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