Origins of Coding: DNA, RNA and Proteins Event as iCalendar

27 February 2019

10am - 4:30pm

Venue: Biology Lecture Theatre 1, (BLT100)

Location: Old Biology Building (106)

Host: Te Ao Mārama

Cost: Free. Registration is essential for full day attendance.

Contact info: Peter Wills

Contact email:

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Te Ao Mārama, the centre for fundemental inquiry, presents a one-day symposium on Wednesday 27 February.

Guest speaker | Professor Charlie Carter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Everyone is welcome to attend this symposium, either casual drop-in attendance or come for the full day.

Note: for full day attendance please register by emailing Peter Wills by midday Friday 22 February.


9.45am | Arrival

10.00am | Welcome and Introduction

10.10am | Charlie Carter | Urzymology - resurrecting extinct catalysts related to the origin of genetic coding

11.10am | Morning tea

11.30am | Nobuto Takeuchi | The origin of the Central Dogma through conflicting multi-level selection

12.10pm | Ant Poole | The evolutionary transitions from RNA to genetically-encoded proteins and DNA

12.50pm | Lunch

1.30pm | Peter Wills | Amino acid substitution matrices and deep phylogeny of aaRS enzymes

2.10pm | Jane Allison | Structural phylogenetics with confidence

2.50pm | Matthew Fullmer | Illuminating the twilight zone with phylogenetic analysis of protein structures

3.30pm | Afternoon tea

3.50pm | Panel discussion

4.30pm | Finish