The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution

The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution

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By (author) Sean B. Carroll, Narrator Patrick Lawlor

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 165mm x 28mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400103150
  • ISBN 13: 9781400103157
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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DNA evidence not only solves crimes--in Sean Carroll's hands it will now end the Evolution Wars. DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed--it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest. In this highly accessible narrative, Sean Carroll guides the general listener on a tour of the massive DNA record of three billion years of evolution to see how the fittest are made. And what an eye-opening tour it is--one that features immortal genes, fossil genes, and genes that bear the scars of past battles with horrible diseases. This book clinches the case for evolution beyond any reasonable doubt.

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Sean B. Carroll is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, Patrick Lawlor is also an accomplished stage actor.

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""Those who know Lawlor's other readings will again be amazed at his proficiency.... Challenging and rewarding."" ---AudioFile