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The cooperative gene : how Mendel's demon explains the evolution of complex beings

Author: Mark Ridley
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Free Press edView all editions and formats
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"Why isn's all life pond-scum? Why are there multimillion-celled, long-lived monsters like us, built from tens of thousands of cooperating genes? Mark Ridley presents a new explanation of how complex large life forms like ourselves came to exist, showing that the answer to the greatest mystery of evolution for modern science is not the selfish gene; it is the cooperative gene." "In this thought-provoking book,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Ridley
ISBN: 0743201612 9780743201612
OCLC Number: 45804929
Description: xii, 324 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Keeping living things simple --
Gene nember of the beast --
Mutational meltdown --
History of error --
Ultimate existential acquisitions --
Justice of the peas --
Long reach of the lawbreaker --
Human condition --
Complex future.
Responsibility: Mark Ridley.
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"Why isn's all life pond-scum? Why are there multimillion-celled, long-lived monsters like us, built from tens of thousands of cooperating genes? Mark Ridley presents a new explanation of how complex large life forms like ourselves came to exist, showing that the answer to the greatest mystery of evolution for modern science is not the selfish gene; it is the cooperative gene." "In this thought-provoking book, Ridley breaks down how two major biological hurdles had to be overcome in order to allow living complexity to evolve: the proliferation of genes and gene-selfishness. Because complex life has more genes than simple life, the increase in gene numbers poses a particular problem for complex beings."--Jacket.

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