Molecular and Genome Evolution

Dan Graur, University of Houston

Dan Graur, University of Houston

Molecular and Genome Evolution

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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...

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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. Evolutionary phenomena at the molecular level are detailed in a way that can be understood without much prerequisite knowledge of molecular biology, evolution, or mathematics. Numerous examples that support and clarify the theoretical arguments and methodological discussions are included.

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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. Having earned a B.Sc. (Biology) and an M.Sc. (Zoology) at Tel Aviv University, he completed a Ph.D. (Genetics) at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Coauthor of two editions of Fundamentals of Molecular Evolution (Sinauer Associates, 1991 and 2000), Dr. Graur has published close to 200 articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, commentaries, technical notes, and book reviews. He has served as Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution (1995–2011) and Genome Biology and Evolution (since 2009). Dr. Graur received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2011 and, in 2015, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to his research in molecular and genome evolution, Dr. Graur is interested in the societal implications of genetics and molecular biology.

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Chapter 6, p. 240

Text correction: The Figure 6.3 caption should include “(Modified from D. Morrison, 2014.)”