The Causes of Molecular Evolution

The Causes of Molecular Evolution

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This work provides a unified theory that addresses the important problem of the origin and maintenance of genetic variation in natural populations. With modern molecular techniques, variation is found in all species, sometimes at astonishingly high levels. Yet the forces that maintain variation within and between species have been difficult subjects of study. Because they act very weakly and operate over vast time scales, scientists must rely on indirect inferences and speculative mathematical models. The author's research in molecular genetics, evolution and bio-mathematics has enabled him to present a coherent view of the field. This book is divided into three parts. The first addresses protein evolution, DNA evolution and molecular mechanisms, reviewing the experimental observations on genetic variation. The second gives a unified treatment of the mathematical theory of selection in a fluctuating environment. The final section combines the earlier assessments in a treatment of the scientific status of two competing theories for the maintenance of genetic variation.
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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 160.02 x 241.3 x 38.1mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195068831
  • 9780195068832

Table of contents

Protein evolution; DNA evolution; The molecular clock; Selection in a fluctuating environment; Strong-selection, weak-mutation approximations; Neutral Allele theories; Selection theories.
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