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Gene Avatars : The Neo-Darwinian Theory of Evolution - Pierre-Henri Gouyon

Gene Avatars

The Neo-Darwinian Theory of Evolution

Hardcover Published: 31st May 2002
ISBN: 9780306466168
Number Of Pages: 287

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Why life?' Questions of this type were for a long time the prerogative of philosophers who left the how' question to scientists. Nowadays, Darwin's successors no longer have any qualms about addressing the why' as well as the how'. Over a century ago, Darwin modestly admitted having 'thrown some light on the origin of species - this mystery of mysteries'. Two major advances in the following decades helped biologists answer many of the questions he left unsolved. The first was the discovery of the laws of heredity, the second that of DNA. Both provided Darwinian theory with the foundations that were lacking and led to the all-embracing neo-Darwinian synthesis. Since then, Theodosius Dobzhansky's aphorism nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution' has proven true more than once. This does not suit everyone, as evolutionist ideas have not lost their power to cause a scandal.

Darwin toppled man from his pedestal. Evolutionary genetics - the subject of this book - sends the individual crashing. Considered until recently to be the target of selection and the focus of evolution, the individual has been usurped by the gene. The individual is nothing but the gene's avatar.

Introduction
Waiting for Darwin
The Darwinian paradigm
Population genetics and ecological genetics
The key to genes
Conflict and cooperation
Eros and Thanatos revisited
What can be done, what can't be done
Conclusion
Mathematical Appendices
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780306466168
ISBN-10: 0306466163
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 287
Published: 31st May 2002
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.33

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