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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 6.877J (Fall 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Computational Evolutionary Biology 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Robert Berwick 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 6.877J / HST.949J Computational Evolutionary Biology

    Fall 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features extensive lab information in the labs section. A partial set of lecture notes is also available.

    Course Description

    Why has it been easier to develop a vaccine to eliminate polio than to control influenza or AIDS? Has there been natural selection for a 'language gene'? Why are there no animals with wheels? When does 'maximizing fitness' lead to evolutionary extinction? How are sex and parasites related? Why don't snakes eat grass? Why don't we have eyes in the back of our heads? How does modern genomics illustrate and challenge the field?

    This course analyzes evolution from a computational, modeling, and engineering perspective. The course has extensive hands-on laboratory exercises in model-building and analyzing evolutionary data.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .gz, .zip, .c, .exe, .dll, .so, .fas, and .fasta. The .h files are header files.


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