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An introduction to molecular evolution and phylogenetics

Author: Lindell Bromham
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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An Introduction to Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics offers an engaging yet highly informative narrative to demonstrate how molecular data can be used to answer evolutionary questions.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lindell Bromham
ISBN: 9780198736363 0198736363
OCLC Number: 920739196
Notes: Previous edition published as Reading the story in DNA : a beginner's guide to molecular evolution by Oxford University Press, 2008.
Description: xvii, 514 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: The story in DNA. 1.1. Identification: solving the mystery of the Chilean blob ; 1.2. Forensics: using DNA to trace trade in whale meat --
2. DNA: The immortal germline. 2.1. Environmental DNA: tracking changes in Arctic vegetation over time ; 2.2. Ancient DNA : cataloguing diversity of extinct giant birds --
3. Mutation: We are all mutants. 3.1. SNPs: genetic resources for crop development in a non-model species ; 3.2. Mutation rate: mutation accumulation in a laboratory population --
4. Replication: Endless copies. 4.1. Replication: taller plants have lower rates of molecular evolution ; 4.2. Hierarchies: genes and language track human settlement of Oceania --
5. Genome: Accident and design. 5.1. Duplication: gene copies and microsatellites help aphids tolerate nicotine ; 5.2. Genome: a leukaemia virus becoming part of the koala genome --
6. Gene: Making an organism. 6.1. Gene families: duplication and loss of taste receptor genes ; 6.2. Genetic code: multiple proteins from a single human gene --
7. Selection: Descent with modification. 7.1. Selection: tracking insecticide resistance over time using museum specimens ; 7.2. Variation: experiments on evolutionary rescue under environmental change. 8. Drift: Chance and necessity. 8.1. Substitution: mutation accumulation in asexual walking stick insects ; 8.2. Population size: inbreeding depression in an endangered species --
9. Species: Origin of species. 9.1. Speciation: evolution of novel flower colour through reinforcement ; 9.2. Barcoding: cataloguing weevil diversity in New Guinea --
10. Alignment: Same but different. 10.1. Alignment: identifying insertions and deletions in endosymbiont genomes ; 10.2. Horizontal gene transfer: genes in parasitic plants derived from their hosts --
11. Phylogeny: Tree of life. 11.1. Networks: bobtail squid and their symbiotic bioluminescent bacteria ; 11.2. Distance: tracing the origins and evolution of the domesticated apple --
12. Hypotheses: Seeing the wood for the trees. 12.1. Epidemiology: using ancient DNA to identify the origins of a plague ; 12.2. Prediction: relating ethnobotanical resources across different cultures --
13. Rates: Tempo and mode. 13.1. Rates: flightless insects have faster substitution rates ; 13.2. Diversification: mutation rates are linked to species richness in plants --
14. Dates: Telling the time. 14.1. Calibration: did kauri survive the Oligocene drowning of New Zealand? ; 14.2. Dates: using phylogenies to trace the source of disease outbreaks --
Coda: You are a scientist. Whatg do I do now?
Other Titles: Reading the story in DNA
Responsibility: Lindell Bromham, Macroevolution and Macroecology, Research School of Biology, Australian National University.

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