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New Discoveries are featured in Darwin Day Talk

January 31, 2017

The microbes Loki and Thor are giving science a new look on the origin of multicellular life.

DULUTH, MN — On Friday, February 10 at 3:15 p.m. the public is invited to attend a Charles Darwin Day event hosted by the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Biology Department.

This year visiting professor Dr. Brett Baker, from the University of Texas will give a presentation titled, "Deep Branching Archaea and Eukaryotes." Baker is one of the scientists who discovered an elusive group of microbes that are shedding more light on the origin of multicellular life. These microbes have been given names inspired by old Norse mythology, Loki, Thor, Odin, and Heimdall and their group has been named Asgard after one o nine Norse worlds.

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Darwin Day is an annual international celebration of the life and work of Charles Darwin. Darwin Day events emphasizes the importance of science education in today's modern world, and the impact that evolutionary biology has on many aspects of our lives.

The Department of Biology,, (218) 726-6262. For further information about the seminar, or to request disability accommodations, including interpreters, contact Kathy Steward with the Biology Department at or 218-726-6262.


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