Genetics and the Logic of Evolution / Edition 1

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Overview

Darwinian theory, with genes at its center, still frames our discussion of evolution. Yet now the picture within the frame -- a portrait rendered in detail at the cellular and molecular level -- contains the real stuff of today's big questions about living organisms. Genetics and molecular biology have revealed a new realm of complexity in life, with major implications for how we understand evolution. Genetics and the Logic of Evolution provides a much-needed overview and analysis of general principles and patterns of evolution in light of contemporary biology. Working outwards from the molecular level, Genetics and the Logic of Evolution moves its discourse towards a broader sense of life and how organisms live it. Written to be both scientifically rigorous and accessible to the layman, this treatment offers students and practitioners a refreshingly grand tour of the most important generalizations to emerge from recent biological research.
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Editorial Reviews

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"…the book is indeed recommendable…" (The Quarterly Review of Biology, December 2004)

"for anyone who wishes to know more about genes and evolution and go beyond the classic, classroom theory--this is the book for you...[will] take you on a ride you won't regret." (Heredity, February 2005)

“For anyone who wishes to know more about genes and evolution and go beyond the classic, classroom theory - this is for you…” (Heredity, Vol. 94, 2005)

"This book is well written and would probably be mainly of interest to students of evolution who have a more philosophical perspective or to philosophy students interested in evolution.” (American Journal of Human Genetics, September 2004)

"This book is highly suited to students and scientists in a range of fields who want to understand how evolution works through genetics.” (E-STREAMS, August 2004)

"This book represents a valiant effort in expanding evolutionary thinking in many biological specialties." (Choice, June 2004, Vol. 41 No. 10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471238058
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/23/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth M Weiss is Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology and Genetics at Penn State University. After majoring in mathematics at Oberlin College, he received graduate training in Biological Anthropology and genetics at the University of Michigan, where he received his PhD in 1972.  He has written widely on evolutionary principles and biology, human genetics and the complexities of the relationships between genes and traits like human disease or developmental patterns.  He writes a regular column on problems and issues in evolution and genetics for the journal Evolutionary Anthropology, and is the author of Genetic Variation and Human Disease: Principles and Evolutionary Approaches.  He has also been a professional meteorologist.

Anne Buchanan is Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University.  She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and a DrPH in Population Studies from the University of Texas School of Public Health.  She has worked on population-scale problems in relation to health and genetics, and on molecular and developmental genetics, and has published in a diversity of areas, including anthropology, demography, epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, and developmental genetics.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
I Understanding Biological Complexity: Basic Concepts and Principles 1
1 Prospect: The Basic Postulates of Life 3
2 Conceptual and Analytic Approaches to Evolution 21
3 Evolution By Phenotype: How Change Happens in Life 43
II Building Blocks of Life: A Genetic Repertoire for Evolving Complexity 67
4 The Storage and Flow of Biological Information 69
5 Genotypes and Phenotypes 105
6 A Cell is Born 119
7 A Repertoire of Basic Genetic Mechanisms 145
III An Internal Awareness of Self: Communication within Organisms 177
8 Making More of Life: The Many Aspects of Reproduction 179
9 Scaling Up: How Cells Build an Organism 213
10 Communicating Between Cells 253
11 Detecting and Destroying Internal Invaders 279
IV External Awareness: Information Transfer between Environment to Organism 313
12 Detecting Physical Variability in the Environment 315
13 Chemical Signaling and Sensation from the Outside World 343
14 Detecting Light 367
15 The Development and Structure of Nervous Systems 395
16 Perceiving: Integrating Signals from the Environment 421
V Finale: Evolutionary Order and Disorder between Phenotypes and Genotypes 455
17 A Great Chain of Beings 457
References 485
Index 515
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