Podcast: Genomes, the Fossil Record and More
Our “BlueSciCon” podcast for September features a conversation with Dr. Betul Kacar titled “Genomes, the fossil record and more: Accessing the artifacts of Earth’s earliest evolutionary history“.
Living organisms today can help us understand the fossil record, as the genetic sequences of life today provides a direct link to the past. Experimental evolutionary biologists like Dr. Kacar are able to study microorganisms through hundreds and thousands of generations to understand how evolutionary selection pressures are directly expressed in these populations. Dr. Kacar discusses some of the key ideas that drive her research to understand how laboratory methods can be used as tools for understanding the earliest fossil records at life’s earliest stages.