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Molecular and Genome Evolution

Dan Graur

04 January 2016

ISBN: 9781605354699

612 pages

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Price: £167.99

Describes the driving forces behind the evolutionary process at the molecular and genome levels. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.



Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

This book describes the driving forces behind the evolutionary process at the molecular and genome levels, the effects of the various molecular mechanisms on the structure of genes, proteins, and genomes, the methodology and the analytical tools involved in dealing with molecular data from an evolutionary perspective, and the logic of evolutionary hypothesis testing.

About the Author(s)

Dan Graur

Dan Graur is John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston and Professor Emeritus of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Table of Contents

    1:The Molecular Basis of Biology and Evolution
    2:Allele Dynamics in Populations
    3:DNA and Amino Acid Sequence Evolution
    4:Rates and Patterns of Molecular Evolution
    5:Molecular Phylogenetics and Phylogenetic Trees
    6:Reticulate Evolution and Phylogenetic Networks
    7:Evolution by DNA Duplication
    8:Evolution by Molecular Tinkering
    9:Mobile Elements in Evolution
    10:Prokaryotic Genome Evolution
    11:Eukaryotic Genome Evolution
    12:The Evolution of Gene Regulation, by Amy K. Sater
    13:Experimental Molecular Evolution, by Tim F. Cooper


"Importantly, this book goes beyond an overview of the current status of the field. By explaining the fundamental concepts of population genetics, which is essential to understanding molecular evolution, Graur gives his readers the necessary tools for a critical analysis of the different topics covered by his volume. Readers afraid of mathematical formulas should not be discouraged by the equations present throughout the book, as the mathematical concepts are clearly explained and illustrated... This book is a must read for anyone lacking the molecular evolution background necessary to make sense of the current deluge of molecular data and, more generally, for anyone trying to keep up to date with the fast moving field of molecular and genome evolution. - Jean-Francois Gout, The Quarterly Review of Biology"

Additional Resources

For Instructors

Instructor resources include all figures (line-art illustrations and photographs) and tables from the textbook, provided as both high- and low-resolution JPEGs. All have been formatted and optimized for excellent projection quality. Also included are ready-to-use PowerPoint slides of all figures and tables.

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