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Logic of Chance The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution

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ISBN-10: 0133381064

ISBN-13: 9780133381061

Edition: 2012

Authors: Eugene V. Koonin

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The Logic of Chanceoffers a reappraisal and a new synthesis of theories, concepts, and hypotheses on the key aspects of the evolution of life on earth in light of comparative genomics and systems biology. The author presents many specific examples from systems and comparative genomic analysis to begin to build a new, much more detailed, complex, and realistic picture of evolution. The book examines a broad range of topics in evolutionary biology including  the inadequacy of natural selection and adaptation as the only or even the main mode of evolution; the key role of horizontal gene transfer in evolution and the consequent overhaul of the Tree of Life concept;  the central, underappreciated evolutionary importance of viruses; the origin of eukaryotes as a result of endosymbiosis; the concomitant origin of cells and viruses on the primordial earth; universal dependences between genomic and molecular-phenomic variables; and the evolving landscape of constraints that shape the evolution of genomes and molecular phenomes. "Koonin's account of viral and pre-eukaryotic evolution is undoubtedly up-to-date. His "mega views" of evolution (given what was said above) and his cosmological musings, on the other hand, are interesting reading."Summing Up:RecommendedReprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association. 
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Book details

List price: $69.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 12/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English