Mutants and mutation have been discredited by the pandemic: Fear of evolutionary aberrations and viruses dominates the discourse. It seems to have been forgotten that mutation is an essential component and driving force of evolution.
Who is the "mother of all species"? Is it perhaps the guarantor of biodiversity despite climate change and species extinction? What are important parallels and differences in the mutation of diseases, humans and animals? Are there leaps or extremes that ensure survival, or do they threaten life, at least of certain species? And can we control mutation and evolution?
Prof. Dr. Richard Neher, biophysicist and research group leader at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel
Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause, paleogeneticist and director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Katharina Foerster, Zoologist at the Institute for Evolution and Ecology, University of Tübingen
Moderation: Joachim Müller-Jung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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The driving force of evolution?