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Overview

This book adopts a direct experimental approach to evolutionary questions, drawing predominantly from research on microbial systems. The focus is on processes and mechanisms, incorporating insights from remarkable recent advances in whole-genome sequencing, bioinformatics, environmental genomics, and developmental genetics.
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Framing his arguments in terms of asexual, haploid microbes, Bell (genetics, McGill U.) explores this facet of biological inheritance. Types of selection studied include simple, single and multi-character, auto, social, and sexual. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"An outstanding book belonging on every science shelf."--Choice, 2008 Vol. 45 No. 11

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198569725
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Bell is a professor of biology at McGill University in Montreal. He has published many articles on ecology and evolution, and three books: The Masterpiece of Nature (1982), Sex and Death in Protozoa (1988) and Selection (1996).

Books by the same author:
Selection, second edition, 2007
The Basics of Selection, 1996

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Table of Contents

The second science

1 Simple selection 1

2 The genetic and ecological context of selection 20

3 Natural selection in closed asexual populations 55

4 Prometheus Unbound: releasing the constraints on natural selection 130

5 Selection in multicellular organisms 162

6 Artificial selection 186

7 Natural selection in open populations 222

8 Adaptive radiation: diversity and specialization 265

9 Autoselection: selfish genetic elements 308

10 Social selection 331

11 Co-evolution 380

12 Sexual selection 418

13 Speciation 462

14 Epitome 492

References 500

Index 547

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