Progress and Prospects in Evolutionary Biology: The Drosophila Model

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This book focuses on drosophila as an especially useful model organism for exploring questions of evolutionary biology in the full range of evolutionary studies: population genetics, ecology, ecological genetics, speciation, phylogenetics, genome evolution, molecular evolution, and development. The author presents an integrated view of evolutionary biology as elucidated in this single organism. Special effort is made to point out holes in our knowledge and areas particularly ripe for new investigation.

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"The author provides a comprehensive review of the enormous evolutionary literature concerned with genus Drosophila. Although he laments the fact that only 1,750 out of the existing 60,000 papers on the subject are cited in his book, it is quite obvious that any attempt at more complete coverage would produce an unreadable book. As it is, the book is highly readable and very useful. It can be consulted for things as diverse as per locus mutation rates, patterns of DNA-DNA hybridization, breeding ecology, reproductive isolation, phylogenetics, and developmental biology of various Drosophila species. Presentation, although rigorous, is accessible to students who have successfully grasped the material from an introductory course on evolution. An interesting upper-level undergraduate course could be based on this book, since applying very different aspects of evolutionary biology to the same genus seems to be a good pedagogical approach."—The Quarterly Review of Biology

"Drosophila is a model organism for research at many levels: molecular biology, genetics, genomics, development, and neurobiology. It is Powell's thesis that Drosophila is also the model organism of choice for evolutionary biology. . . . [T]he book reviews Drosophila population biology and ecology more thoroughly than these have been reviewed for nearly half a century. . . . [T]hose who wish to know where we are at present in Drosophila evolutionary biology, and how we got here, should start by examining Powell's book. . . . Powell's chapters dealing with molecular population genetics and with genome evolution are excellent. . . . His choice of topics is judicious and his level of presentation consistent. . . . [He] also does a commendable job in the chapters on speciation and phylogenetics. . . . [E]very laboratory working with any aspect of Drosophila evolutionary biology or ecology should have the Powell book near at hand."—Evolution

"The twelve chapters in this text serve as a reference that will be of use to researchers and students using the Drosophila melanogaster model in developmental biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and evolutionary biology. The book also includes an index, a list of references, and many figures." — Biosis, Vol 50, Issue 3, March 22, 1998

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195076912
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Yale University
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Table of Contents

1. An Overview
2. Population Genetics—Genes
3. Population Genetics—Inversions
4. Population Genetics—Laboratory Studies
5. Ecology
6. Ecological Genetics
7. Speciation
8. Phylogenetics
9. Genome Evolution
10. Molecular Evolution
11. Development
12. Retrospective and Prospective

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