Evolution in the 21st century

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evolution in the 21st century

Evolution: A View from the 21st Century by James A. Shapiro

James A. Shapiros Evolution: A View from the 21st Century proposes an important new paradigm for understanding biological evolution. Shapiro demonstrates why traditional views of evolution are inadequate to explain the latest evidence, and presents a compelling alternative. His information- and systems-based approach integrates advances in symbiogenesis, epigenetics, and mobile genetic elements, and points toward an emerging synthesis of physical, information, and biological sciences.
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The 21st Century... still in the dark ages of human evolution!

James A. Shapiro proposes an important new paradigm for understanding biological evolution, the core organizing principle of biology. Shapiro introduces .
James A. Shapiro

Evolution in the 21st Century

PLoS Biol 11 1 : e This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Funding: The workshop that led to this report was funded by the National Science Foundation. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

In just pages of text followed by an informative glossary and more than references , this book provides a good overview of many of the recent developments in molecular biology that could affect evolution. This is part of the continuum of understanding that should eventually integrate studies from the genotype to cellular function, if not eventually to the phenotype and the biology of the organism. I should really like this book from its focus on new evolutionary information, including epigenetics, genetic imprinting, systems biology, genome duplication, and so on. Given these positive features, why, then, do I feel that the book fails in its primary mission of a new paradigm for 21st century evolution? As a partial answer, perhaps there are two main themes to the book. The straightforward one is its summary of the interesting and important evolutionary developments in molecular biology.

If you were the slowest or the weakest then your chances of living long enough to procreate were next to nothing. As a result, mankind grew to conquer the world and cover it with marvels of modern technology. Thanks, evolution. Yet, evolution is sometimes seen as a controversial topic. Some see it as being contradictory to religious teachings because it offers insight into our origins as humans. Some people dismiss it as wacky science.

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All 3 fall into the category of recent books by seasoned researchers whose primary focus is molecular, and who argue that we ought to rethink evolution based on findings of molecular biology or molecular evolution. The 5-word summaries of these books are:. In the case of Koonin, you have to read the whole book to understand what he means. If you are not familiar with the past 10 to 20 years of findings from comparative genomics, then it will be educational, and regardless of your familiarity with genomics, it will be entertaining and thought-provoking. This is something that mutation researchers have been saying for decades.

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    University of Chicago molecular biologist James A.

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