The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change

The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change

by Stephen R. Palumbi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393323382

ISBN-13: 9780393323382

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Palumbi has hit upon...one of the most important but widely neglected issues of our time."—Edward O. Wilson
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

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"Palumbi has hit upon...one of the most important but widely neglected issues of our time."—Edward O. Wilson
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393323382
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
955,010
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1From the Mountains to the Sea3
Ch. 2Right Before Your Eyes8
Ch. 3The Engine of Evolution37
Ch. 4Temporary Miracles: The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance65
Ch. 5The Evolution of HIV95
Ch. 6Poisoning Insects, and What They Can Do About It131
Ch. 7Biotechnology and the Chemical Plow162
Ch. 8Evolution All at Sea184
Ch. 9Are Humans Still Evolving?207
Ch. 10The Ecology and Evolution of Aloha231
Sources and Suggested Reading253
Index269

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