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The origins of evolutionary innovations : a theory of transformative change in living systems

Author: Andreas Wagner
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Series: Oxford biology.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book proposes several such principles as the basis of a theory of innovation, integrating recent knowledge about complex molecular phenotypes with more traditional Darwinian thinking. Central to the book are genotype networks: vast sets of connected genotypes that exist in metabolism and regulatory circuitry, as well as in protein and RNA molecules. The theory can successfully unify innovations that occur at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wagner, Andreas.
Origins of Evolutionary Innovations : A Theory of Transformative Change in Living Systems.
Oxford : OUP Oxford, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andreas Wagner
ISBN: 9780191621864 0191621862
OCLC Number: 746747128
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 253 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
Metabolic innovation --
Innovation through regulation --
Novel molecules --
The origins of evolutionary innovation --
Genotype networks, self-organization, and natural selection --
A synthesis of neutralism and selectionism --
The role of robustness for innovation --
Gene duplications and innovation --
The role of recombination --
Environmental change in adaptation and innovation --
Evolutionary constraints and genotype spaces --
Phenotypic plasticity and innovation --
Towards continuous genotype spaces --
Evolvable technology and innovation --
Summary and outlook.
Series Title: Oxford biology.
Responsibility: Andreas Wagner.

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Every organism has visible, macroscopic traits that represented dramatic, transformative innovations when they first arose, changing not only organismal lifestyles, but also the future evolutionary  Read more...

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