Darwin's Reach

21st Century Applications of Evolutionary Biology

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In Darwin’s Reach, Norman Johnson takes Dobzhansky’s assertion that ‘nothing in biology makes sense outside the light of evolution’ to a new level. This remarkable book demonstrates how an evolutionary ‘lens’ can deepen our understanding of critical issues. With compelling prose and masterful scientific storytelling, Johnson shows exactly how powerfully evolution can illuminate and transform a remarkably wide range of human concerns, disciplines and domains. An invaluable resource for students, teachers, and anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the human experience–past, present and future.

— B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD, Harvard Medical School

Darwin’s Reach is an intellectual tour de force that synthesizes findings about evolution from numerous fields and concretely shows how insights from pest management can help us manage invasive species as well as invasive cancers, antibiotic resistance, and much, much more. Norman Johnson is not only an eloquent tour guide who clearly unpacks complex evolutionary principles, experiments, and insights, but he’s also a public relations expert showing us how and why evolution matters to us all. This is a must read for anyone interested in evolutionary medicine, sustainable agriculture, the biodiversity crisis, and, more generally, in the intellectual challenges of applying scientific knowledge.

— Daniel T. Blumstein, University of California Los Angeles

"… the manifold areas of applied evolutionary biology have not been comprehensively described until now. Norman A. Johnson, at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, has stepped up to the challenge…

Johnson starts with present-day issues, such as phage therapy, in which selection for phage resistance in pathogenic bacteria may reduce their resistance to antibiotics providing an opportunity to introduce natural selection and costs of adaptation. The chapter "Going Viral" treats viral epidemics, focusing on the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic and illustrating the use of phylogenetic inference in tracing the spread of such epidemics….

Johnson has done a real service in his well- researched (with about 900 literature citations) review of a very diverse, sprawling subject. He has written a fine book, a remarkably comprehensive survey of an important dimension of evolutionary biology. "

Douglas Futuyma in Evolution, 2023

"Johnson undertakes a wide variety of topics… including evolutionary medicine, pandemics like COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS, mosquito-borne diseases, personalized medicine, cancer, agriculture, biodiversity, and invasive species. He concludes with a few chapters on evolution and society, including genetic analysis in criminal investigations, warfare, and the non-existence of human biological races…I would not hesitate to suggest it as supplementary reading for interested undergraduates. It should provide useful insights for evolutionary biologists, geneticists and health professionals. "

— Michael A. Goldman In Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2023.

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Forlag
CRC Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
402
ISBN
9781138587427
Utgivelsesår
2021
Format
23 x 16 cm

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«

In Darwin’s Reach, Norman Johnson takes Dobzhansky’s assertion that ‘nothing in biology makes sense outside the light of evolution’ to a new level. This remarkable book demonstrates how an evolutionary ‘lens’ can deepen our understanding of critical issues. With compelling prose and masterful scientific storytelling, Johnson shows exactly how powerfully evolution can illuminate and transform a remarkably wide range of human concerns, disciplines and domains. An invaluable resource for students, teachers, and anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the human experience–past, present and future.

— B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD, Harvard Medical School

Darwin’s Reach is an intellectual tour de force that synthesizes findings about evolution from numerous fields and concretely shows how insights from pest management can help us manage invasive species as well as invasive cancers, antibiotic resistance, and much, much more. Norman Johnson is not only an eloquent tour guide who clearly unpacks complex evolutionary principles, experiments, and insights, but he’s also a public relations expert showing us how and why evolution matters to us all. This is a must read for anyone interested in evolutionary medicine, sustainable agriculture, the biodiversity crisis, and, more generally, in the intellectual challenges of applying scientific knowledge.

— Daniel T. Blumstein, University of California Los Angeles

"… the manifold areas of applied evolutionary biology have not been comprehensively described until now. Norman A. Johnson, at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, has stepped up to the challenge…

Johnson starts with present-day issues, such as phage therapy, in which selection for phage resistance in pathogenic bacteria may reduce their resistance to antibiotics providing an opportunity to introduce natural selection and costs of adaptation. The chapter "Going Viral" treats viral epidemics, focusing on the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic and illustrating the use of phylogenetic inference in tracing the spread of such epidemics….

Johnson has done a real service in his well- researched (with about 900 literature citations) review of a very diverse, sprawling subject. He has written a fine book, a remarkably comprehensive survey of an important dimension of evolutionary biology. "

Douglas Futuyma in Evolution, 2023

"Johnson undertakes a wide variety of topics… including evolutionary medicine, pandemics like COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS, mosquito-borne diseases, personalized medicine, cancer, agriculture, biodiversity, and invasive species. He concludes with a few chapters on evolution and society, including genetic analysis in criminal investigations, warfare, and the non-existence of human biological races…I would not hesitate to suggest it as supplementary reading for interested undergraduates. It should provide useful insights for evolutionary biologists, geneticists and health professionals. "

— Michael A. Goldman In Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2023.

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