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The Evolution Explosion : How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change - Stephen R. Palumbi

The Evolution Explosion

How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change

Paperback Published: 17th August 2002
ISBN: 9780393323382
Number Of Pages: 288

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Evolution is not merely the process that ruled the rise and fall of the dinosaurs over hundreds of millions of years. It also happens rapidly, so quickly and so frequently that it changes how all of us live our lives. Drugs fail because diseases like HIV and tuberculosis evolve in a matter of months, neatly sidestepping pharmacology. Insects adapt and render harmless the most powerful pesticides in a matter of years, not centuries. While the ecological impact of human technology has been well publicized, the evolutionary consequences of antibiotic and antiviral use, insecticide applications, and herbicide bioengineering have been largely unexplored. In "The Evolution Explosion," Stephen R. Palumbi examines these practical and critical aspects of modern evolution with a simple, yet forceful style that contains both an urgent message and a sense of humor.

"Palumbi's is a sober and authoritative voice reporting on a topic of ecological and economic importance." The Times Higher Education Supplement - "Palumbi... does an excellent job of showing how man-made evolution is not only real but relevant." The New York Times

Acknowledgmentsp. IX
From the Mountains to the Seap. 3
Right Before Your Eyesp. 8
The Engine of Evolutionp. 37
Temporary Miracles: The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistancep. 65
The Evolution of HIVp. 95
Poisoning Insects, and What They Can Do About Itp. 131
Biotechnology and the Chemical Plowp. 162
Evolution All at Seap. 184
Are Humans Still Evolving?p. 207
The Ecology and Evolution of Alohap. 231
Sources and Suggested Readingp. 255
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780393323382
ISBN-10: 0393323382
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17th August 2002
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1

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