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The logic of chance : the nature and origin of biological evolution

Author: Eugene V Koonin
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, NJ : Financial Times Prss, cop. 2012.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eugene V Koonin
ISBN: 0132542498 9780132542494
OCLC Number: 759102710
Description: XII, 516 p. ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: Toward a postmodern synthesis of evolutionary biology viiChapter 1: The fundamentals of evolution: Darwin and Modern Synthesis 1Chapter 2: From Modern Synthesis to evolutionary genomics: Multiple processes and patterns of evolution 21Chapter 3: Comparative genomics: Evolving genomescapes 49Chapter 4: Genomics, systems biology, and universals of evolution: Genome evolution as a phenomenon of statistical physics 81Chapter 5: The web genomics of the prokaryotic world: Vertical and horizontal flows of genes, the mobilome, and the dynamic pangenomes 105Chapter 6: The phylogenetic forest and the quest for the elusive Tree of Life in the age of genomics 145Chapter 7: The origins of eukaryotes: Endosymbiosis, the strange story of introns, and the ultimate importance of unique events in evolution 171Chapter 8: The non-adaptive null hypothesis of genome evolution and origins of biological complexity 225Chapter 9: The Darwinian, Lamarckian, and Wrightean modalities of evolution, robustness, evolvability, and the creative role of noise in evolution 257Chapter 10: The Virus World and its evolution 293Chapter 11: The Last Universal Common Ancestor, the origin of cells, and the primordial gene pool 329Chapter 12: Origin of life: The emergence of translation, replication, metabolism, and membranes--the biological, geochemical, and cosmological perspectives 351Chapter 13: The postmodern state of evolutionary biology 397Appendix A: Postmodernist philosophy, metanarratives, and the nature and goals of the scientific endeavor 421Appendix B: Evolution of the cosmos and life: Eternal inflation, "many worlds in one," anthropic selection, and a rough estimate of the probability of the origin of life 431References 439Endnotes 479Acknowledgments 495About the author 497Index 499
Responsibility: Eugene V. Koonin.

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