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Rapidly Evolving Genes and Genetic Systems

Rama S. Singh, Jianping Xu, and Rob J. Kulathinal


Ever since the pioneering work of Darwin and Wallace, evolutionary biologists have attempted to understand the evolutionary dynamics of genetic systems. A range of theories on evolutionary rates — from static to gradual to punctuated to quantum — have been developed, primarily by comparing morphological changes over geological timescales as described in the fossil record. Recent studies, however, are beginning to change the way that we view evolutionary patterns and processes. New paleontological, experimental, molecular, and genomic investigations are providing a tremendous amount of novel da ... More

Keywords: Darwin, Wallace, evolutionary biology, genetic systems, evolutionary change, life forms, rapid evolution

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rama S. Singh, editor
McMaster University, Canada

Jianping Xu, editor
McMaster University, Canada

Rob J. Kulathinal, editor
Temple University, USA

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Rama S. Singh, Jianping Xu, and Rob J. Kulathinal

Part I From Theory to Experiment

Part II Rapidly Evolving Genetic Elements

Chapter 9 Rapid evolution of centromeres and centromeric/kinetochore proteins

Kevin C. Roach, Benjamin D. Ross, and Harmit S. Malik

Chapter 10 Rapid evolution via chimeric genes

Rebekah L. Rogers and Daniel L. Hartl

Chapter 11 Evolutionary interactions between sex chromosomes and autosomes

Manyuan Long, Maria D. Vibranovski, and Yong E. Zhang

Chapter 12 Evolutionary signatures in non-coding DNA

Dara G. Torgerson and Ryan D. Hernandez

Part III Sexand Reproduction-Related Genetic Systems

Chapter 13 Evolution of sperm—egg interaction

Melody R. Palmer and Willie J. Swanson

Chapter 14 Rates of sea urchin bindin evolution

H. A. Lessios and Kirk S. Zigler

Part IV Pathogens and their Hosts

Chapter 20 Rapid evolution of innate immune response genes

Brian P. Lazzaro and Andrew G. Clark

Chapter 21 Rapid evolution of the plague pathogen

Ruifu Yang, Yujun Cui, and Dongsheng Zhou

Part V From Gene Expression to Development to Speciation

Chapter 25 Natural hybridization as a catalyst of rapid evolutionary change

Michael L. Arnold, Jennafer A.P. Hamlin, Amanda N. Brothers, and Evangeline S. Ballerini

Chapter 26 Rapid evolution of pollinator-mediated plant reproductive isolation

Annika M. Moe, Wendy L. Clement, and George D. Weiblen

Chapter 27 Sexual system genomics and speciation

Rob J. Kulathinal and Rama S. Singh

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