Description

The Evolution of the Genome provides a much needed overview of genomic study through clear, detailed, expert-authored discussions of the key areas in genome biology. This includes the evolution of genome size, genomic parasites, gene and ancient genome duplications, polypoidy, comparative genomics, and the implications of these genome-level phenomena for evolutionary theory. In addition to reviewing the current state of knowledge of these fields in an accessible way, the various chapters also provide historical and conceptual background information, highlight the ways in which the critical questions are actually being studied, indicate some important areas for future research, and build bridges across traditional professional and taxonomic boundaries. The Evolution of the Genome will serve as a critical resource for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and established scientists alike who are interested in the issue of genome evolution in the broadest sense.

Key Features

· Provides detailed, clearly written chapters authored by leading researchers in their respective fields · Presents a much-needed overview of the historical and theoretical context of the various areas of genomic study · Creates important links between topics in order to promote integration across subdisciplines, including descriptions of how each subject is actually studied · Provides information specifically designed to be accessible to established researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students alike

Readership

Graduate students and researchers interested in genomics and evolutionary biology.

Table of Contents

Part I: The C-value Enigma 1. Genome Size Evolution in Animals 2. Genome Size Evolution in Plants Part II: The Evolution of Genomic Parasites 3. Transposable Elements 4. B Chromosomes Part III: Duplications, Duplications... 5. Small-Scale Gene Duplications 6. Large-Scale Gene and Ancient Genome Duplications Part IV: ...And More Duplications 7. Polyploidy in Plants 8. Polyploidy in Animals Part V: Sequence and Structure 9. Comparative Genomics in Eukaryotes 10. Comparative Genomics in Prokaryotes Part VI: The Genome in Evolution 11. Macroevolution and the Genome Index

Details

No. of pages:
768
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2005
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080470528
Print ISBN:
9780123014634
Print ISBN:
9780123992253

About the editor

T. Gregory

Dr. T. Ryan Gregory completed his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and zoology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada in 2002. He has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships and fellowships, and was named the winner of the 2003 Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, one of the nation's premiere research awards. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Natural History Museum in London, England.

Affiliations and Expertise

The Natural History Museum, London, England, U.K.

Reviews

"Gregory provides an impressive overview of the key areas in genome biology, such as the evolution of genome size in animals and plants, polyploidy, the evolution of genomic parasites, and comparative genomics in eukaryotes and prokaryotes as well...the reading “flows” in a very enjoyable way. Gregory and his sixteen co-authors ask endless questions on large-scale evolutionary phenomena – and they answer them all: How common is polyploidy in plants, and how is it linked with animals, i.e. with attacking herbivores? What are “B Chromosomes”, how widely are they distributed and where are they derived from? How did genomes originate? What is a procaryotic species? And so forth. In a word: Wherever one opens this well written book, he will read it with great pleasure." - Weanée Kimblewood in LAB TIMES "The Evolution of the Genome provides a much needed overview of genmoic study through clear, detailed, expert-authored discussions of the key areas in genome biology." -BIOWORLD, 2006 "The Evolution of the Genome by Ryan Gregory and his co-authors is one of the most exciting books on large-scale evolutionary phenomena I have read in the past decade." - Robert L. Carroll, Redpath Museum, McGill University "Availability of complete genomic sequences has begun to revolutionize many areas within and even outside Biology. This book provides the essential grammar to students and experts alike toward understanding the language of genomes." - Juergen Brosius, University of Munster, Germany "A very useful book for my evolutionary genetics classes." - Leo W. Beukeboom, University of Groningen, The Netherlands "Availability of complete genomic sequences has begun to revolutionize many areas within and even outside Biology. This book provides the essential grammar to students and experts