Evolution since Coding - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128130339, 9780128130346

Evolution since Coding

1st Edition

Cradles, Halos, Barrels, and Wings

Authors: Zachary Burton
eBook ISBN: 9780128130346
Paperback ISBN: 9780128130339
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 3rd August 2017
Page Count: 212
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Evolution since Coding: Cradles, Halos, Barrels, and Wings describes genesis of metabolism, transcription, translation, cell structure, eukaryotic complexity, LUCA (the last universal common (cellular) ancestor), the great divergence of archaea and bacteria, LECA (the last eukaryotic common ancestor), extinction, and cancer in very simple ways. The work (almost) "synthesizes life from scratch" (since coding) and describes the tools for readers to check the author’s work. As a result, readers understand living systems and their evolution in a conceptual way and are empowered to utilize powerful but accessible tools in computer-based biology.

The work serves as foundational reading for a variety of researchers, academics, and students in life sciences, for example in evolution/evolutionary biology, biochemistry, genetics/molecular genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and microbiology, as well as disciplines beyond biological science. Its approachable style makes the book accessible for introductory students and educated laypersons. Evolution since Coding is suitable to supplement college courses that mix computers, evolution, and biology from freshman to senior level.

Key Features

  • Provides a simple, hands-on, conceptual route to understanding ancient evolution and the diversification of life on earth
  • Offers a conceptual understanding of biology, evolution, protein structure, RNA synthesis systems, protein synthesis systems, signaling systems, genesis of the three domains, and cell structures
  • Approaches ancient evolution via code-breaking protein and RNA sequences and motifs


Researchers, academics, and students in life sciences, for example in molecular biology, evolutionary biology, biochemistry, genetics/molecular genetics, epidemiology, oncology, gerontology, cell biology, and microbiology, as well as many disciplines beyond biological science; secondarily, as an auxiliary text for specific courses and seminars at colleges and universities

Table of Contents

1. The book of big questions
2. The book about what this book is about
3. The book of scientific acronyms
4. The book of molecular graphics

The Old Testament of Gene Regulation
5. The book of evolution as a cut out doll problem I
6. The book of evolution as a cut out doll problem II
7. The book of the best art
8. The book of intelligent design
9. The book of polymers
10. The book of LEGO (Trademark) life
11. The book of proteins
12. The book of the inevitability of folds
13. The book of evolution puts the Y (why) in biology
14. The book of evolution is not anti-religion
15. The book of computers in biology
16. The book of the Old and New Testaments of gene regulation
17. The book of evolution as a cut out doll problem III
18. The book of multi-subunit RNA polymerases Book I
19. The book of multi-subunit RNA polymerases Book II
20. The book of the chemical synthesis of life
21. The book of the RNA world
22. The book of ribosomes
23. The book of the RNA-protein world
24. The book of LUCA
25. The book of general transcription factors and promoters
26. The book of archaea
27. The book of bacteria
28. The book of methane and oxygen

The New Testament of Gene Regulation
29. The book of LECA
30. The book of eukaryotic multi-subunit RNA polymerases, GTFs and the CTD
31. The book of patchwork eukaryotic phylogenomics
32. The book of plants
33. The book of the Permian-Triassic Extinction
34. The book of the Triassic-Jurassic Extinction
35. The book of the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction
36. The book of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
37. The book of promoter proximal pausing and the CTD interactome
38. The book of human evolution
39. The book of human cancer
40. The book of homology modeling
41. The book of human extinction
42. The book of evolution versus faith
43. The book of concept in biology
44. The book of other books and papers


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About the Author

Zachary Burton

Dr. Burton has been a professor at Michigan State University since 1987 and is also Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as Principle Investigator of the Burton Lab at MSU. His research is on RNA polymerase mechanisms and ancient evolution of transcription and translation systems, on which he has published several papers. He is interested in the genesis, divergence, and complexity of life on Earth, told in core protein and DNA sequences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Michigan State University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, East Lansing, MI, USA