Darwinian Detectives: Revealing The Natural History Of Genes And Genomes by Norman A. Johnson

Darwinian Detectives: Revealing The Natural History Of Genes And Genomes

byNorman A. Johnson

Hardcover | July 20, 2007

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Biology is often viewed today as a bipartisan field, with molecular level genetics guiding us into the future and natural history (including ecology, evolution, and conservation biology,) chaining us to a descriptive scientific past. In Darwinian Detectives, Norman Johnson bridges thisdivide, revealing how the tried and true tools of natural history make sense of the newest genomic discoveries. Molecular scientists exploring newly sequenced genomes have stumbled upon quite a few surprises, including that only one to ten percent of the genetic material of animals actually codesfor genes. What does the remaining 90-99% of the genome do? Why do some organisms have a much lower genome size than their close relatives? What were the genetic changes that were associated with us becoming human? As molecular biologists uncover these and other new mysteries, evolutionarygeneticists are searching for answers to such questions. Norman Johnson captures the excitement of the hunt for our own genetic history. Through lively anecdotes, he explores how researchers detect natural selection acting on genes and what this genetic information tells us about humanorigins.

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Norman A. Johnson, an evolutionary geneticist, is the author of numerous research publications, mainly in the genetics and evolution of reproductive isolation between nascent species. Johnson has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Massachusetts, where he is currently an Adjunct...
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Title:Darwinian Detectives: Revealing The Natural History Of Genes And GenomesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 0.71 inPublished:July 20, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Baby with the Baboon Heart: Why Evolution Still Matters2. Why Intelligent Design Is Not ScienceInterlude 1: Natural Selection3. Negative Selection and the Neutral Theory of Molecular Evolution4. Detecting Positive Selection5. Balancing Selection and DiseaseInterlude 2: Human Origins and Evolution6. Finding Our Roots: Did "Eve" Know "Adam"?7. Who were the Neanderthals?8. Are We the Third Chimpanzee?9. What are the Genetic Differences that Made Us Human?10. Clicks, Genes, and Languages11. Who Let the Dogs in? The Domestication of Animals and Plants.12. Size Matters: Toward Understanding the Natural History of Genomes

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"This volume is a worthwhile update for anyone who wants to see where comparative genomics is taking us."--Quarterly Review of Biology