August 31, 2016


Arber High ResNobel Session

Microbial genetics reveals the natural laws driving biological evolution
Biozentrum of the University of Basel


“I obtained my basic education in the sciences at the Swiss Polytechnical School in Zürich. I accomplished my PhD in biology at the University of Geneva in 1958. After postdoctoral work in the USA, I returned to the University of Geneva where I obtained a professorship. In 1970/71 I had a visiting Miller Research Professorship at the Uiversity of California in Berkeley, before returning to Switzerland to take a Professorship at the newly installed Biocenter of the University of Basel. Since 1996 I am Professor emeritus.

In 1978 I was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology for the discovery of bacterial restriction enzymes. I became a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 1981 and I am the President of this Academy since end of 2010.

All my research activities were devoted to microbial genetics, its molecular mechanisms and in particular microbial evolution. This led me to conclude on duality of the genome with a majority of genes for the fulfillment of the individual’s life and a minorty of genes for the evolutionary expansion of life at the population level leading to biodiversity. Molecular Darwinian evolution will be the main focus of my lecture.” by Professor Werner Arber

Location: Basel, Switzerland

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