Biochemical Adaptation: Mechanism and Process in Physiological Evolution

Paperback | January 15, 2002

byPeter W. Hochachka, George N. Somero

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The study of biochemical adaption provides fascinating insights into how organisms "work" and how they evolve to sustain physiological function under a vast array of environmental conditions. This book describes how the abilities of organisms to thrive in widely different environments derivefrom two fundamental classes of biochemical adaptions: modifications of core biochemical processes that allow a common set of physiological functions to be conserved, and "inventions" of new biochemical traits that allow entry into novel habitats. Biochemical Adaptation: Mechanisms and Process inPhysiological Evolution asks two primary questions. First, how have the core biochemical systems found in all species been adaptively modified to allow the same fundamental types of physiological processes to be sustained throughout the wide range of habitat conditions found in the biosphere?Second, through what types of genetic and biochemical processes have new physiological functions been fabricated? The primary audience for this book is faculty, senior undergraduates, and graduate students in environmental biology, comparative physiology, and marine biology. Other likely readersinclude workers in governmental laboratories concerned with environmental issues, medical students interested in some elements of the book, and medical researchers.

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The study of biochemical adaption provides fascinating insights into how organisms "work" and how they evolve to sustain physiological function under a vast array of environmental conditions. This book describes how the abilities of organisms to thrive in widely different environments derivefrom two fundamental classes of biochemical a...

Peter W. Hochachka is at University of British Columbia. George N. Somero is at Stanford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 6.81 × 9.88 × 1.1 inPublished:January 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195117034

ISBN - 13:9780195117035

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Table of Contents

1. The Goals and Scope of This Volume2. Cellular Metabolism, Regulation, and Homeostasis3. Influence of Oxygen Availability4. The Diving Response and Its Evolution5. Human Hypoxia Tolerance6. Water-Solute Adaptations: The Evolution and Regulation of the Internal Milieu7. TemperatureIndex

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"The result is a masterpiece: exciting, invigorating, and challenging."--Science, VOL 296, April 2002