From people to plants, from blue whales to bacteria, every living thing on Earth is related to all the others through evolution. The DNA in every cell preserves a record of these relationships — called the tree of life — as well as clues as to when the various branches split off.
The exhibit “DNA and the Tree of Life,” through Oct. 19 in the Museum of Natural History rotunda, explores the relationship between genetics and evolution. It features large graphic panels and specimens from the university’s collections.
The exhibit also highlights the work of several U-M researchers, including Lacey Knowles, curator in the U-M Museum of Zoology and professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Knowles studies the processes that contribute to the evolution of new species, and how these combine to create the diversity of life seen today.
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Saxophonist and composer Marcus Elliot has performed with Marcus Belgrave and Robert Hurst in the greater Detroit jazz scene. He leads a group of young performers, Glenn Tucker (keyboard), Ben Rolston (bass), and Julian Allen (drums), in a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the U-M Museum of Art.
The group will feature original music from Elliot’s new CD “Looking Forward,” a mix of contemporary jazz with a hint of hip-hop and R&B.
This monthly series, curated by Associate Professor Adam Unsworth, is made possible by the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.
Marti Towas, administrative assistant senior, Comprehensive Cancer Center, on learning to organize events: “Mostly you learn by doing and you learn how to make it better as you go along.”
“DNA and the Tree of Life” exhibit, through Oct. 19, Museum of Natural History rotunda.