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The plausibility of life : resolving Darwin's dilemma

Author: Marc Kirschner; John Gerhart
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2005.
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"In a new theory they call "facilitated variation," Kirschner and Gerhart elevate the individual organism from a passive target of natural selection to a central player in the three-billion-year history of evolution. In clear, accessible language, the authors invite every reader to contemplate daring new ideas about evolution. By closing the major gap in Darwin's theory Kirschner and Gerhart also provide a timely  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Kirschner; John Gerhart
ISBN: 0300108656 9780300108651 0300119771 9780300119770
OCLC Number: 58919633
Description: xiii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : a clock on the heath --
The sources of variation --
Conserved cells, divergent organisms --
Physiological adaptability and evolution --
Weak regulatory linkage --
Exploratory behavior --
Invisible anatomy --
Facilitated variation --
Is life plausible? --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Marc W. Kirschner and John C. Gerhart ; illustrated by John Norton.
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Offering various ideas about evolution, this book tackles the central, unresolved question in the field - how have living organisms on Earth developed with such astounding variety and complexity? It  Read more...

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