Predictability in Evolution
The Klein Lab is part of the novel Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1310 funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). This CRC ‘Predictability in Evolution’ will explore how future evolutionary processes can be predicted. It will investigate systems that develop particularly rapidly, such as microbes, viruses, immune systems, and cancer cells. Ultimately, researchers of the CRC want to develop methods of prediction for important processes in these systems, including the evolution of drug resistance, the evolution of antibodies in immune systems, and the co-evolution of pathogens and their host organisms. The managing university is the University of Cologne, with Professor Dr. Michael Lässig as acting as spokesperson. Further institutions like the Cologne University Hospital, the University of Düsseldorf, the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, and partner institutions in Göttingen, Wageningen (Netherlands), Paris (France), and Lisbon (Portugal) are also involved. The Collaborative Research Centre will be funded with approximately 8 million euros over the next four years.