6.891 Computational Evolutionary Biology  

Course prerequisites and textbooks Prerequisites Computational evolutionary biology draws, naturally enough, from both the disciplines of evolutionary biology and computer science. We expect participants to have some familiarity with at least the basics of molecular biology; elementary probability theory, calculus and differential equations; and some facility in at least one programming language and/or mathematical modeling. The material covered in this course is selected in such a way that at its completion you should be able to understand current papers in the field of computational evolutionary biology. All lectures will be published in Adobe pdf format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader for pdf files on your computer, you can download it from www.adobe.com Textbooks Required (available at Quantum Books and the MIT Coop): Recommended for reference (on library reserve): For those seeking a review of relevant biology, see Weiss and Buchanan. Futuyma provides an excellent overall view, while Hartl and Clark serves as a standard reference for population genetics. For those desiring more mathematical depth, see Felsenstein and Ewens.


