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The making of the fittest : DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution

Author: Sean B Carroll
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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DNA evidence not only solves crimes--in Sean Carroll's hands it will now end the Evolution Wars. DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt & innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed--it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sean B Carroll
ISBN: 0393061639 9780393061635 9780393330519 0393330516
OCLC Number: 69593994
Awards: Winner of Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Prize 2007.
Description: 301 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface : Beyond any reasonable doubt --
Introduction : The bloodless fish of Bouvet Island --
The everyday math of evolution : chance, selection, and time --
Immortal genes : running in place for eons --
Making the new from the old --
Fossil genes : broken pieces of yesterday's life --
Déjà vu : how and why evolution repeats itself --
Our flesh and blood : arms races, the human race, and natural selection --
The making and evolution of complexity --
Seeing and believing --
The palm trees of Wyoming.
Responsibility: Sean B. Carroll ; with illustrations by Jamie W. Carroll and Leanne M. Olds.
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informative about dna and evolution

by java369 (WorldCat user published 2008-12-19) Very Good Permalink

It has not been easy for me to get a lay person's survey of DNA and its role in the study of evolution but this was very good.  The mathematics of mutation and the mechanisms of selection are explained both in principle and through example nicely.

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