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Genetics and the logic of evolution
Kenneth M. Weiss
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In this book the authors draw on what is known, largely from recent research, about the nature of genes and cells, the genetics of development and animal and plant body plans, intra- and interorganismal communication, sensation and perception, to propose that a few basic generalizations, along with the modified application of the classical evolutionary theory, can provide a broader theoretical understanding of genes, evolution, and the diverse and complex nature of living organisms.

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Kenneth M Weiss is Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology and Genetics at Penn State University. After majoring in mathematics at Oberlin College, he received graduate training in Biological Anthropology and genetics at the University of Michigan, where he received his PhD in 1972. He has written widely on evolutionary principlesand biology, human genetics and the complexities of therelationships between genes and traits like human disease or developmental patterns. He writes a regular column onproblems and issues in evolution and genetics for the journal Evolutionary Anthropology, and is the author of Genetic Variation and Human Disease: Principles and Evolutionary Approaches. He has also been a professional meteorologist.

Anne Buchanan is Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and a DrPH in Population Studies from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She has worked on population-scale problems in relation to health and genetics, and on molecular and developmental genetics, and has published in a diversity of areas, including anthropology, demography, epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, and developmental genetics.

"...the book is indeed recommendable..." (The QuarterlyReview of Biology, December 2004)

"for anyone who wishes to know more about genes and evolutionand go beyond the classic, classroom theory--this is the book foryou...[will] take you on a ride you won't regret."(Heredity, February 2005)

"For anyone who wishes to know more about genes andevolution and go beyond the classic, classroom theory - this is foryou..." (Heredity, Vol. 94, 2005)

"This book is well written and would probably be mainly ofinterest to students of evolution who have a more philosophicalperspective or to philosophy students interested inevolution." (American Journal of Human Genetics,September 2004)

"This book is highly suited to students and scientists in arange of fields who want to understand how evolution works throughgenetics." (E-STREAMS, August 2004)

"This book represents a valiant effort in expanding evolutionarythinking in many biological specialties." (Choice, June2004, Vol. 41 No. 10)

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Evolutionary genetics.
Country of Publication
New Jersey
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