Arrival of the Fittest

Arrival of the Fittest

Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle

Book - 2014
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"Wagner draws on over fifteen years of research to present the missing piece in Darwin's theory. Using experimental and computational technologies that were heretofore unimagined, he has found that adaptations are not just driven by chance, but by a set of laws that allow nature to discover new molecules and mechanisms in a fraction of the time that random variation would take"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, New York : Current, 2014
ISBN: 9781591846468
1591846463
Branch Call Number: 572.838 W1321a 2014
Characteristics: viii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Aug 25, 2015

The work described in this book is a revelation to me and my fellow scientists concerned with evolution. For a layman it will be difficult to read with its long technical passages, but for those interested in the origins of life, it's worth the effort even if you have to skim portions. ? shows that life's origin and evolution are vastly more likely than previously thought, because millions of genotypes (physical arrangements of molecules) can produce the same phenotype (an effective functioning organism). Further, he shows that many mutations can leave an organism still capable of life, while still exploring a wide range of phenotypes, and that this is true for any molecule that folds up in order to perform its function - enzymes, proteins - and for RNA (almost certainly the first form of true life).

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