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Mutation, randomness, and evolution

Author: Arlin Stoltzfus
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2021.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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What does it mean to say that mutation is random? How does mutation influence evolution? Are mutations merely the raw material for selection to shape adaptations? The author draws on a detailed knowledge of mutational mechanisms to argue that the randomness doctrine is best understood, not as a fact-based conclusion, but as the premise of a neo-Darwinian research program focused on selection. The successes of this  Read more...
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Stoltzfus, Arlin
Mutation, Randomness, and Evolution
Oxford : Oxford University Press USA - OSO,c2021
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Arlin Stoltzfus
ISBN: 9780191880063 019188006X 9780192582966 0192582968
OCLC Number: 1147879464
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Arlin Stoltzfus.

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What does it mean to say that mutation is random? How does mutation influence evolution? Are mutations merely the raw material for selection to shape adaptations? The author draws on a detailed knowledge of mutational mechanisms to argue that the randomness doctrine is best understood, not as a fact-based conclusion, but as the premise of a neo-Darwinian research program focused on selection. The successes of this research program created a blind spot - in mathematical models and verbal theories of causation - that has stymied efforts to re-think the role of variation. However, recent theoretical and empirical work shows that mutational biases can and do influence the course of evolution, including adaptive evolution, through a first come, first served mechanism.

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