Viruses: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Free Public Lecture

Paul Turner, Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Microbiology Program Faculty Member, Yale University

Viruses are the tiniest but most numerous inhabitants of Earth. Although notorious for causing deadly epidemics, not all viruses are bad. Many are beneficial to their hosts and several play key roles in maintaining the health of ecosystems. Paul Turner will discuss the “good, bad, and ugly” effects of viruses, from how they invade organisms and wreak havoc in biological systems to how they are used to control pests and develop cancer treatments, among other medical therapies.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series

Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Microbial Sciences Initiative at Harvard University.

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