From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design

From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design

by Sean B. Carroll, Jennifer K. Grenier, Scott D. Weatherbee
     
 

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In this landmark work, the author team led by Dr. Sean Carroll presents the general principles of the genetic basis of morphological change through a synthesis of evolutionary biology with genetics and embryology. In this extensively revised second edition, the authors delve into the latest discoveries, incorporating new coverage of comparative genomics, molecular

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In this landmark work, the author team led by Dr. Sean Carroll presents the general principles of the genetic basis of morphological change through a synthesis of evolutionary biology with genetics and embryology. In this extensively revised second edition, the authors delve into the latest discoveries, incorporating new coverage of comparative genomics, molecular evolution of regulatory proteins and elements, and microevolution of animal development.

  • An accessible text, focusing on the most well-known genes, developmental processes and taxa.
  • Builds logically from developmental genetics and regulatory mechanisms to evolution at different genetic morphological levels.
  • Adds major insights from recent genome studies, new evo-devo biology research findings, and a new chapter on models of variation and divergence among closely related species.
  • Provides in-depth focus on key concepts through well-developed case studies.
  • Features clear, 4-color illustrations and photographs, chapter summaries, references and a glossary.
  • Presents the research of Dr. Carroll, a pioneer in the field and the past president of the Society for Developmental Biology.

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Editorial Reviews

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" I have frequently used Carroll's reviews in my teaching and for my own enlightenment. They are among my favorites-clear, comprehensive, deep, and intriguing; I believe this is a generally shared view. I can't imagine a book in this field by Carroll being anything other than superb. Yes, I would adopt it for my course." Mariana Wolfner, Cornell University

"The authors' research will serve to recruit students interested in this new area." Professor Rob McClung, Dartmouth University

"What makes this book particularly attractive is the fact that there are so few books like this one- written by someone as knowledgeable." Professor Margaret Saha, College of William & Mary

"This useful book, combining a well-written review of the genetics behind morphological patterning with solid evolutionary analysis, is for a graduate audience, although upper-division undergraduates, faculty, and professionals would also profit from its clear and thorough presentation." S K Sommers-Smith, Choice Magazine, May 2002

"Well-edited and readable, this book is organised so that the reader has the background information in place to understand topics further into the text...The genetic basis of the evolution of morphology is a very interesting subject that many manage to make dreadfully boring. The authors of From DNA to Diversity have managed to keep this already fascinating subject intersting...The details are there for the experts, but the more novice reader can read the book for the general points and the accessible review of an important subject. The authors have succeeded in identifying the genetic principles that underlie animal morphology." L Sakaluk-Moody, The Journal of the Association of Genetic Technologists 28 (3), 2002

"It is very well and clearly written, and also splendidly illustrated, by appropriate colour drawings and experimental documents, some of which are original....I think that From DNA to Diversity can be, and should be, read by College and University students as well as scientists out of the field, who want to e informed of what is new and promising in biology." Jean S Deutsch, BioEssays 23:757-758, 2002

"...this is one book that everybody should read who wants to know why 'evo-devo' is such a hot topic right now." Manfred Laubichler, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, vol 46, no. 1, winter 2002

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118685204
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/25/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
17 MB
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Meet the Author

Sean B. Carroll is currently an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin. His research for the past twenty years has focused on the genetics of animal development and evolution, and yielded many original discoveries as to the mechanisms underlying the making and evolution of animal form.


Jennifer K. Grenier is currently a senior scientist in the Microarray Group at Mirus Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin. Her scientific interests include the evolution of development, comparative genomics, and innovative technologies for functional genomics research.


Scott D. Weatherbee is a research fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He studies the developmental genetics of limb formation and patterning.

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