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Mendel's demon : gene justice and the complexity of life

Author: Mark Ridley
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author explains "how life has evolved as a series of steps to deal with error and coerce genes to cooperate within each body. ... [and] goes on to ask whether life will evolve to be even more complex in the future."--Jacke.t.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Ridley
ISBN: 0297646346 9780297646341
OCLC Number: 44184562
Awards: Shortlisted for Aventis Prizes for Science Books: General Prize 2001.
Description: xiii, 337 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Keeping living things simple --
The gene number of the beast --
The mutational meltdown --
The history of error --
The ultimate existential absurdity --
Darwinian mergers and acquisitions --
The justice of the peas --
The long reach of the lawbreaker --
The human condition --
A complex future.
Responsibility: Mark Ridley.
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The existence of complex life is one of the great mysteries of evolution, for complexity is neither inevitable nor necessary. This book shows how two major biological hurdles had to be overcome to  Read more...

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