Jeremy Nathans, HHMI investigator, delivered a public lecture titled “The Evolution of Human Color Vision.”
Nathans, who has been an HHMI investigator at Johns Hopkins since 1987, uses molecular genetic approaches to study the development of the mammalian retina and embryo. Color vision is found throughout the animal kingdom. It is even found in a primitive form in some plants and bacteria. Nathans’s lecture explores the diverse ways in which color vision has evolved, with an emphasis on its evolution in humans and other primates. He also discussed inherited variations in human color vision, which represent some of the most common variations in sensory function in our species.
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