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About this book
About this book
Addresses many issues in the study of evolution where important advances have recently taken place and provides a sampler of the diversity of questions and research approaches that constitute the modern study of evolution.
THE GENETIC MACHINERY OF EVOLUTION; 1. Near neutrality and its implications for evolution; 2. Inferring the action of natural selection from DNA sequence comparisons: data from Drosophila; 3. Rates and effects of deleterious mutations and their evolutionary consequences; 4. Gene duplication and evolution; 5. The evolution of gene regulation: approaches and implications; 6. Genomics and evolution: the path ahead; MOLECULAR VARIATION AND EVOLUTION; 7. The evolution of virulence in AIDS viruses; 8. Evolution and population structure of parasitic protozoa: the Plasmodium model; 9. The evolution of endosymbiosis in insects; THE ECOLOGICAL AND BIOGEOGRAPHIC CONTEXT OF EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE; 10. Evolutionary ecology: natural selection in freshwater systems; 11. Evolutionary and ecological genetics of cyclical parthenogens; 12. The timing of sex in cyclical parthenogenetic rotifers; 13. From ecosystems to molecules: cascading effects of habitat persistence on dispersal strategies and the genetic structure of populations; 14. Using molecules to understand the distribution of animal and plant diversity; SPECIATION AND MAJOR EVOLUTIONARY EVENTS; 15. Allopatric speciation: not so simple after all; 16. Introgression and hybrid speciation via transposition; 17. Cooperation and conflict during the unicellular-multicellular and prokaryotic-eukaryotic transitions; 18. Molecular evidence on the origin of and the phylogenetic relationships among the major groups of verebrates; 19. Mass extinctions and evolutionary radiations; BEHAVIOR, EVOLUTION AND HUMAN AFFAIRS; 20. Play: how evolution can explain the most mysterious behavior of all; 21. The evolutionary psychology of human physical attraction and attractiveness; 22. Genome views on human evolution; 23. Could there be a Darwinian account of human creativity?