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David King in natural habitat D2L

David G. King, associate professor emeritus
Department of Zoology, College of Science;
Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine

B.S.,  Biological Sciences, Purdue University, 1970
Ph.D.,  Neuroscience, University of California San Diego, 1975
Office:  Life Science II 354A
Phone:  618-453-1509
Areas of special interest:
Evolution      |      Neurobiology     |      Histology

Research statement:  How do complex behaviors and other evolutionary adaptations emerge from the molecular organization of cells and genomes?  I have addressed this question by asking another.  How has selection shaped genetic patterns to constrain "random" mutational mechanisms, thereby reducing the risk of severely deleterious mutation while increasing the probability of beneficial mutation?  Recent publications have reviewed evidence that supports a functional and evolutionary "tuning knob" role for tandem repetitive DNA.
Publication list

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Some Southern Illinois nature trails.   |    Miscellaneous links      |     SEARCH THIS SITE

tuning knobs EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY  ( resource links )  
praying mantis among blackberries
micrograph of nerve in fly neck NEUROBIOLOGY  ( resource links )
epithelium and connective tissue HISTOLOGY  ( resource links )

Asilid (robber fly) 

                                        (more nature photographs)

"Ad astra per alia muscae."
(with apologies to John Steinbeck) 

The Lord in his wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.

                                  Ogden Nash

Flies were made so fools like me
Might wonder how such things could be --
With tiny wings and eyes
and brains
Evolved in such diversity.

Tachinid (bristle fly)
                                        (more nature photographs)

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