Prof.Dr.Lee Alan Dugatkin gives public talk at Uni Konstanz

25th of February, 18:00-19:00 in R 611

Prof.Dr.Lee Alan Dugatkin, Professor of Biology and Distinguished University Scholar, University of Louisville will give a public talk at the University of Konstanz about his highly acclaimed book “How to Tame a Fox (and build a dog)”

“Sparkling… A story that is part science, part Russian fairy tale, and part spy thriller.. . it may serve — particularly now — as a parable of the lessons that can emerge from unfettered science, if we have the courage to let it unfold””
New York Times Book Review


For the last six decades a dedicated team of researchers in Siberia has been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog in real time. Lyudmila Trut has been lead scientist on this work since 1959, and together with biologist and historian of science, Lee Dugatkin, she tells the inside story of the science, politics, adventure and love behind it all. Like a set of Russian nesting dolls, How to Tame a Fox {and Build a Dog} opens up to reveal story after story, each embedded within the one that preceded it.  Inside this tale of path-breaking science in the midst of the often brutal -35° winters of Siberia is hidden a remarkable collaboration between an older, freethinking scientific genius and a trusting, but gutsy young woman.  Together these two risked not just their careers, but to an extent their lives, to make scientific history. If you go one level deeper, you find yourself lost in the magical tale of how some hardscrabble but openhearted humans and the wild animals who they domesticated developed such deep attachments to each other that both seemed to forget the species divide between them.

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