By John C. Avise

ISBN-10: 0124201660

ISBN-13: 9780124201668

Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Genetics is a pithy, vigorous ebook occupying a unique niche-the conceptual heritage of evolutionary genetics- now not inhabited through the other on hand remedy. Written via a world-leading authority in evolutionary genetics, this paintings encapsulates and ranks 70 of the main major paradigm shifts in evolutionary biology and genetics through the century-and-a-half seeing that Darwin and Mendel. The technology of evolutionary genetics is crucial to all of biology, yet many scholars and different practitioners have little wisdom of its ancient roots and conceptual advancements. This publication fills that wisdom hole in a thought-provoking and readable layout.

This attention-grabbing chronological trip alongside the numerous conceptual pathways to our glossy knowing of evolutionary and genetic ideas is an excellent springboard for discussions in undergraduate or graduate seminars in evolutionary biology and genetics. yet greater than that, someone drawn to the background and philosophy of technological know-how will locate a lot of worth among its covers.

  • Provides a relative rating of 70 seminal breakthroughs and paradigm shifts within the box of evolutionary biology and genetics
  • Modular layout allows prepared entry to every defined subject
  • Historical evaluation of a box whose ideas are vital to all of biology and proper to a huge viewers of biologists, technological know-how historians, and philosophers of science
  • Extensively cross-referenced with a consultant to landmark papers and books for every topic

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Morphol. 34:93À112. Wilmut I, Schnieke AE, McWhir J, Kind AJ, Campbell KHS. 1997. Viable offspring derived from fetal and adult mammalian cells. Nature 385:810À813. Avise JC. 2008. Clonality: The Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution of Sexual Abstinence in Vertebrate Animals. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. , 2013. Human embryonic stem cells derived by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Cell 153:1À11. Vogel G. 2013. Human stem cells from cloning, finally. Science 340:795. Chapter 26 1952 Aging 4 5 10 THE STANDARD PARADIGM Aging (senescence) is hard to reconcile as an evolutionary outcome of natural selection.

Sci. USA 9:5737À5741. Rice WR. 1996. Evolution of the Y sex chromosome in animals. BioScience 46:331À343. Bainbridge D. 2003. The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. Jones S. 2003. The Descent of Men: Revealing the Mysteries of Maleness. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA. PART II The Next 50 Years (1910À1960): Expanding the Foundations The conceptual breakthroughs in Part II encompass a broad spectrum of discoveries that were central to the development of the so-called Modern Synthesis in evolutionary biology.

41 42 PART | II The Next 50 Years (1910–1960): Expanding the Foundations PS-score: 9 The classic mathematical works by Fisher, Haldane and Wright were revolutionary because, for the first time, they united the formerly separate realms of Mendelian heredity and Darwinian evolution into one intellectually consistent whole. They also laid the conceptual foundations for the fields of population genetics and what would become modern quantitative genetics (see also Chapter 5). Also, the mathematical constructs of population geneticsÀlaid down by Fisher, Haldane, and WrightÀwould soon be married to ecology and organismal biology in a grand conceptual orchestration that would become known as the modern evolutionary synthesis (see Chapter 21).

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