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The Pursuit of Perfection: Aspects of Biochemical Evolution

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By: Athel Cornish-Bowden

160 pages, Illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Sep 2004 | #147531 | ISBN: 0198520964
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Hardback | Dec 2004 | #147532 | ISBN: 0198520956
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About this book

In The Pursuit of Perfection the author explains how the biochemical processes that occur in living cells, long thought to be evidence of intelligent design rather than evolution, are now understood to be the result of natural selection. This book will principally appeal to senior undergraduates, graduates and scientists but the style, content and organisation of the book are intended to make the book accessible for all scientifically- minded individuals.


1. Some basic biochemistry; 2. The nuts and bolts of evolution; 3. Adaptation and accidents; 4. Metabolism and cells; 5. The games cells play; 6. The perfect molecule; 7. Fear of phantoms; 8. Living on a knife edge; 9. Brown eyes and blue; 10. An economy that works; 11. A small corner of the universe; 12. Genomic drift; Further Reading; Index

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