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Rapidly Evolving Genes and Genetic Systems

ISBN : 9780199642281

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¥9,317
Author: 
Rama S. Singh; Jianping Xu; Rob J. Kulathinal
Pages
312 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
191 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jun 2012
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Ever since the pioneering work of Darwin and Wallace, evolutionary biologists have attempted to understand the evolutionary dynamics of genetic systems. A range of theories on evolutionary ratesfrom static to gradual to punctuated to quantumhave been developed, primarily by comparing morphological changes over geological timescales as described in the fossil record. Recent studies, however, are beginning to change the way that we view evolutionary patterns and processes. New paleontological, experimental, molecular, and genomic investigations are providing a tremendous amount of novel data and fresh perspectives, offering valuable insights on the rates of evolutionary change, particularly in fast-evolving genetic systems. Rapidly Evolving Genes and Genetic Systems captures these recent exciting developments across a broad range of morphological, molecular, cellular, developmental, and genetic investigations in both natural and experimental populations over a diversity of life forms. The book provides a fascinating series of case studies that exemplify rapid evolution, and showcases the diversity of rapidly evolving genes and genetic systems, emphasizing the extremely important roles that they play in adaptation, speciation, and the generation and maintenance of a diversity of biological traits and properties. This exciting collection showcases the latest research of more than 50 eminent evolutionary biologists. It will be suitable for senior undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, and for all those interested in the study of evolution.

Index: 

Foreword
Preface
1. Introduction
PART I: FROM THEORY TO EXPERIMENT
2. Theoretical perspectives on rapid evolutionary change
3. Recombination reshuffles the genotypic deck, thus accelerating the rate of evolution
4. Heterogeneity in neutral divergence across genomic regions induced by sex specific hybrid incompatibility
5. Rapid evolution in experimental populations of major life forms
PART II: RAPIDLY EVOLVING GENETIC ELEMENTS
6. Rapid evolution of low complexity sequences and single amino acid repeats across Eukaryotes
7. Fast rates of evolution in bacteria due to horizontal gene transfer
8. Rapid evolution of animal mitochondrial DNA
9. Rapid evolution of centromeres and centromeric/ kinetochore proteins
10. Rapid Evolution via chimeric genes
11. Evolutionary interactions between sex chromosomes and autosomes
12. Evolutionary signatures in non-coding DNA
PART III: SEX AND REPRODUCTION-RELATED GENETIC SYSTEMS
13. Evolution of sperm-egg interaction
14. Rates of sea urchin bindin evolution
15. Evolution of Drosophila seminal proteins and their networks
16. Evolutionary genomics of the sperm proteome
17. Fast evolution of reproductive genes: When is selection sexual?
18. Rapid morphological, behavioral, and ecological evolution in Drosophila: Comparisons between the endemic Hawaiian Drosophila and the cactophilic repleta species group
19. Ancient yet fast: rapid evolution of mating genes and mating systems in Fungi
PART IV: PATHOGENS AND THEIR HOSTS
20. Rapid evolution of innate immune response genes
21. Rapid evolution of the plague pathogen
22. Evolution of human erythrocyte-specific genes involved in malaria susceptibility
PART V: FROM GENE EXPRESSION TO DEVELOPMENT TO SPECIATION
23. The rapid evolution of gene expression
24. Rate variation in the evolution of development: A phylogenetic perspective
25. Natural hybridization as a catalyst of rapid evolutionary change
26. Rapid evolution of pollinator-mediated plant reproductive isolation
27. Sexual system genomics and speciation
Index

About the author: 

RAMA S. SINGH is a Professor in the Department of Biology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada ; JIANPING XU is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada ; ROB J. KULATHINAL is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA USA

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