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Evolutionary Genetics : From Molecules to Morphology - Rama S. Singh

Evolutionary Genetics

From Molecules to Morphology

By: Rama S. Singh (Editor), Costas B. Krimbas (Editor)


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Richard Lewontin is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished evolutionary biologists of our time. He has contributed to science not only by his own work on evolutionary theory and molecular variation and by his influence on the many young scientists who have worked with him but also by asking us to think about the relationships between the science we do and that world we do it in. Sciences in general, and the life sciences in particular, need their own critic, and Lewontin has been an untiring critic of science and its relevance to society. This collection of essays is produced in honor of Lewontin's 65th birthday. The volume is unique as it has a comprehensive coverage of modern evolutionary genetics from molecules to morphology by a group of star authors, including his students and colleagues. The areas covered are: the mathematical and molecular foundations of population genetics, molecular variation and evolution, selection and genetic polymorphisms, linkage and breeding system evolution, quantitative genetics and phenotypic evolution, gene flow and population structure, speciation, behavior, and ecology. The volume brings out the central role of evolutionary genetics in all aspects of its connection to evolutionary biology and is a must for all graduate students and researchers in evolutionary biology.

"Indeed, the 32 articles that constitute this volume cover just about everything within the field of microevolution and, at least in this sense, the volume lives up to the high expectations. It can be recommended both to professional microevolutionists and to biologists who know little about microevolution, but want a serious introduction to this field. The Chetverikov-Dobzhansky paradigm has been and still is extremely successful and certainly will be a part of the foundation of new evolutionary biology, whatever shape it takes. Evolutionary Genetics does justice to this paradigm and should be recommended to anyone who wants to understand it." "As his former students and colleagues are proud to point out, Lewontin's mind has touched, imformed and in many cases, formed the way we teach, explain and do research in areas encompassing phenomena as varied as the reaction...His astounding breadth as an evolutionary biologist (and as a person) comes through loud and clear as one reads the 32 contributions in this collection." American Jrnl of Human Biology

List of contributors
Preface Rama Singh and Costas Krimbas
Population Genetics: Problems, Foundations and Historical Perspectives: Introduction
The problem of population genetics
The mathematical foundations of population genetics
A natural historian's view of heterosis and related topics
The molecular foundation of population genetics
Molecular Variation and Evolution: Introduction
Population genetics and evolutionary genetics of codon bias
Gene conversion is a major determinant of genetic diversity at the DNA level
Evidence for balancing, directional, and background selection in molecular evolution
Selection and Genetic Polymorphisms: Introduction
Aspects of fitness
Opposing selection
Analysis of selection in laboratory and field populations
Genetics of complex polymorphisms: parasites and maintenance of the MHC variation
The population biology of antibiotic resistance
Linkage, Breeding Systems and Evolution: Introduction
The equilibrium theory of one and two locus systems
Inversion polymorphisms in Drosophila
The evolution of breeding systems
The evolution of sex and recombination
Quantitative Genetics and Phenotypic Evolution: Introduction
Quantitative genetics and phenotypic evolution
Nature of quantitative genetic variation
The maintenance of genetic variation in life history traits
Population genetics and life-history evolution
Gene Flow, Population Structure and Evolution: Introduction
A coalescent view of the population structure
Population genetics and evolution of animal mitochondrial DNA
Genetic structure and evolution in parthenogenetic animals
Genetic structure of prokaryotic populations
Population genetics and speciation: Introduction
Sexual selection in populations: the facts require a change in the genetic definition of the species
The role of selection in speciation
The evolutionary genetics of speciation
Toward a unified theory of speciation
Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Introduction
From population genetics to evolutionary genetics: a view through the trees
Attitudes to animal behaviour
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ISBN: 9780521571234
ISBN-10: 0521571235
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 724
Published: 28th March 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 4.4
Weight (kg): 1.23