The Dynamic Genome: A Darwinian Approach by Antonio FontdevilaThe Dynamic Genome: A Darwinian Approach by Antonio Fontdevila

The Dynamic Genome: A Darwinian Approach

byAntonio Fontdevila

Hardcover | July 5, 2011

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Our ever-increasing knowledge of whole genome sequences is unveiling a variety of structures and mechanisms that impinge on current evolutionary theory. The origin of species, the evolution of form, and the evolutionary impact of transposable elements are just a few of the many processes thathave been revolutionised by ongoing genome studies. These novelties, among others, are examined in this book in relation to their general significance for evolution, emphasising their human relevance. The predominance of non-coding DNA in the human genome, the long-term adaptive role of so called"junk DNA" in the evolution of new functions, and the key evolutionary differences that define our humanity are just some of the controversial issues that this book examines in the context of Darwinian evolution. The author's principle intention is to show that whilst genomics is revealing new and previously unanticipated mechanisms and sources of variability that must be incorporated into evolutionary theory, there is no reason to dismiss the role of natural selection as the mechanism that sorts out thesepotentialities. In other words, this genome potential provides new possibilities (and also constraints) for evolution, but the realization of this potential is driven by natural selection.
Antonio Fontdevila was born in Barcelona, Spain. After completing a postdoc at the University of California, Davis, he returned to Spain where he was a Professor of Genetics at the University of Santiago de Compostela (1973-1980) and then at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (1980-2008), where he remains as an active Emeritus Prof...
Title:The Dynamic Genome: A Darwinian ApproachFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.7 inPublished:July 5, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019954137X

ISBN - 13:9780199541379


Table of Contents

Preface1. The Dynamic Genome: A General Introduction2. The Unity of Type: Ancient Homologies in the Genome3. The Genome is Mobile4. The Horizontal Genome5. Reconstructing Darwinism: From Darwin to the Genome Via the Modern SynthesisGlossaryReferencesIndex