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Evolution: The Molecular Landscape

Series: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology Volume: 74

Edited By: Bruce Stillman, David Stewart and Jan Witkowski

485 pages, 121 colour & 86 b/w illustrations

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Paperback | May 2010 | #194565 | ISBN-13: 9780879698713
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This volume is based on presentations by the world-renowned investigators who gathered at the 74th annual Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species". It reviews the latest advances in research into evolution, focusing on the molecular bases for evolutionary change. The topics covered include the appearance of the first genetic material, the origins of cellular life, evolution and development, selection and adaptation, and genome evolution. Human origins, cognition, and cultural evolution are also covered, along with social interactions.

The line-up of speakers comprised a stellar list of preeminent scientists and thinkers such as the zoologist and prolific author E. O. Wilson (Harvard University); Jack W. Szostak (Harvard Medical School), a 2009 Nobel Prize winner who studies the chemistry of life's origins; and Nobel Prize winner and former president of HHMI Thomas Cech (Colorado Institute for Molecular Biotechnology), to name just a few.


Symposium Participants

- Darwin the Scientist (J. Browne)
- On the Future of Biology (E.O. Wilson)

RNA and Proteins
- Evolution of Biological Catalysis: Ribozyme to RNP Enzyme (T.R. Cech)
- Evolution in an RNA World (G.F. Joyce)
- The Ribosome: Some Hard Facts about Its Structure and Hot Air about Its Evolution (V. Ramakrishnan)
- Step-by-Step Evolution of Vertebrate Blood Coagulation (R.F. Doolittle)
- How Proteins Adapt: Lessons from Directed Evolution (F.H. Arnold)

Cellular Evolution
- Reconstructing the Emergence of Cellular Life through the Synthesis of Model Protocells (S.S. Mansy and J.W. Szostak)
- Dynamic Chromosome Organization and Protein Localization Coordinate the Regulatory Circuitry that Drives the Bacterial Cell Cycle (E.D. Goley, E. Toro, H.H. McAdams, and L. Shapiro)
- An Integrated View of Precambrian Eumetazoan Evolution (E.H. Davidson and D.H. Erwin)
- The Dawn of Developmental Signaling in the Metazoa (G.S. Richards and B.M. Degnan)

- Evolving Views of DNA Replication (In)Fidelity (T.A. Kunkel)
- Protein Folding Sculpting Evolutionary Change (S. Lindquist)
- Predicting Virus Evolution: The Relationship between Genetic Robustness and Evolvability of Thermotolerance (C.B. Ogbunugafor, R.C. McBride, and P.E. Turner)
- Genome-wide Mutational Diversity in an Evolving Population of Escherichia coli (J.E. Barrick and R.E. Lenski)
- Selection, Gene Interaction, and Flexible Gene Networks (R.J. Greenspan)

Selection and Adaptation
- The Oligogenic View of Adaptation (G. Bell)
- Genetic Dissection of Complex Traits in Yeast: Insights from Studies of Gene Expression and Other Phenotypes in the BYxRM Cross (I.M. Ehrenreich, J.P. Gerke, and L. Kruglyak)
- Measuring Natural Selection on Genotypes and Phenotypes in the Wild (C.R. Linnen and H.E. Hoekstra)
- Exploring the Molecular Landscape of Host-Parasite Coevolution (D.E. Allen and T.J. Little)
- Genetic Recombination and Molecular Evolution (B. Charlesworth, A.J. Betancourt, V.B. Kaiser, and I. Gordo)
- Why Sex and Recombination? (N.H. Barton)

- Eradicating Typological Thinking in Prokaryotic Systematics and Evolution (W.F. Doolittle)
- The Phylogenetic Forest and the Quest for the Elusive Tree of Life (E.V. Koonin, Y.I. Wolf, and P. Puigbo)
- On the Origins of Species: Does Evolution Repeat Itself in Polyploid Populations of Independent Origin? (D.E. Soltis, R.J.A. Buggs, W.B. Barbazuk, P.S. Schnable, and P.S. Soltis)

Evolution of Systems
- Molecular Evolution of piRNA and Transposon Control Pathways in Drosophila (C.D. Malone and G.J. Hannon)
- Drosophila Brain Development: Closing the Gap between a Macroarchitectural and Microarchitectural Approach (A. Cardona, S. Saalfeld, P. Tomancak, and V. Hartenstein)
- A General Basis for Cognition in the Evolution of Synapse Signaling Complexes (S.G.N. Grant)

Evolution of Development
- Evolution in Reverse Gear: The Molecular Basis of Loss and Reversal (Q.C.B. Cronk)
- Darwin's "Abominable Mystery": The Role of RNA Interference in the Evolution of Flowering Plants (A. Cibrian-Jaramillo and R.A. Martienssen)
- Evolution of Insect Dorsoventral Patterning Mechanisms (M.W. Perry, J.D. Cande, A.N. Boettiger, and M. Levine)
- Lophotrochozoa Get into the Game: The Nodal Pathway and Left/Right Asymmetry in Bilateria (C. Grande and N.H. Patel)
- On the Origins of Novelty and Diversity in Development and Evolution: A Case Study on Beetle Horns (A.P. Moczek)
- Genetic Regulation of Mammalian Diversity (R.R. Behringer, J.J. Rasweiler IV, C.-H. Chen, and C.J. Cretekos)

- Genomics, Domestication, and Evolution of Forest Trees (R. Sederoff, A. Myburg, and M. Kirst)
- Studying Phenotypic Evolution in Domestic Animals: A Walk in the Footsteps of Charles Darwin (L. Andersson)
- Fine Mapping a Locus Controlling Leg Morphology in the Domestic Dog (P. Quignon, J.J. Schoenebeck, K. Chase, H.G. Parker, D.S. Mosher, G.S. Johnson, K.G. Lark, and E.A. Ostrander)

Human Evolution
- Human Origins and Evolution: Cold Spring Harbor, Deja Vu (T.D. White)
- Reconstructing the Evolution of Vertebrate Sex Chromosomes (D.W. Bellott and D.C. Page)
- The Evolution of Human Segmental Duplications and the Core Duplicon Hypothesis (T. Marques-Bonet and E.E. Eichler)
- snaR Genes: Recent Descendants of Alu Involved in the Evolution of Chorionic Gonadotropins (A.M. Parrott and M.B. Mathews)
- DUF1220 Domains, Cognitive Disease, and Human Brain Evolution (L. Dumas and J.M. Sikela)
- Mitochondria, Bioenergetics, and the Epigenome in Eukaryotic and Human Evolution (D.C. Wallace)
- Genetic Structure in African Populations: Implications for Human Demographic History (C.A. Lambert and S.A. Tishkoff)

Social Interaction and Human Society
- A Defense of Sociobiology (K.R. Foster)
- Evo-Devo and the Evolution of Social Behavior: Brain Gene Expression Analyses in Social Insects (A.L. Toth and G.E. Robinson)
- Cooking and the Human Commitment to a High-quality Diet (R.N. Carmody and R.W. Wrangham)
- The Cultural Evolution of Words and Other Thinking Tools (D.C. Dennett)
- When Ideas Have Sex: The Role of Exchange in Cultural Evolution (M.W. Ridley)
- An Evolutionary Approach to Financial History (N. Ferguson)
- The Religious Essence of Intelligent Design (B. Forrest)
- Deconstructing Design: A Strategy for Defending Science (K.R. Miller)

Summary (B. Charlesworth)

Author Index
Subject Index

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