Molecular Markers, Natural History and Evolution

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Molecular approaches have opened new windows on a host of ecological and evolutionary disciplines, ranging from population genetics and behavioral ecology to conservation biology and systematics. Molecular Markers, Natural History and Evolution summarizes the multi-faceted discoveries about organisms in nature that have stemmed from analyses of genetic markers provided by polymorphic proteins and DNAs. The first part of the book introduces rationales for the use of molecular markers, provides a history of molecular phylogenetics, and describes a wide variety of laboratory methods and interpretative tools in the field. The second and major portion of the book provides a cornucopia of biological applications for molecular markers, organized along a scale from micro-evolutionary topics (such as forensics, parentage, kinship, population structure, and intra-specific phylogeny) to macro-evolutionary themes (including species relationships and the deeper phylogenetic structure in the tree of life). Unlike most prior books in molecular evolution, the focus is on organismal natural history and evolution, with the macromolecules being the means rather than the ends of scientific inquiry. Written as an intellectual stimulus for the advanced undergraduate, graduate student, or the practicing biologist desiring a wellspring of research ideas at the interface of molecular and organismal biology, this book presents material in a manner that is both technically straightforward, yet rich with concepts and with empirical examples from the world of nature.


Preface. Part I: Background: 1. Introduction. Why Employ Molecular Genetic Markers? Why Not Employ Molecular Genetic Markers? 2. History of Molecular Phylogenetics. Debates and Diversions from Molecular Systematics. Molecular Phylogenetics. 3. Molecular Tools. Protein Assays. DNA Assays. References to Laboratory Protocols. 4. Interpretative Tools. Categorical Subdivisions of Molecular Genetic Data. Molecular Clocks. Procedures for Phylogeny Reconstruction. Gene Trees versus Species Trees. Part II: Applications: 5. Individuality and Parentage. Genetic Identity versus Non-Identity. Parentage. 6. Kinship and Intraspecific Phylogeny. Close Kinship and Family Structure. Geographic Population Structure and Gene Flow. Phylogeography. Microtemporal Phylogeny. 7. Speciation and Hybridization. The Speciation Process. Hybridization and Introgression. 8. Species Phylogenies and Macroevolution. Rationales for Phylogeny Estimation. Special Approaches to Phylogeny Estimation. Prospectus for a Global Phylogeny. Special Topics in Molecular Phylogenetics. 9. Conservation Genetics. Issues of Heterozygosity. Issues of Phylogeny. Literature Cited. Index to Taxonomic Genera. General Index.




`...a splendid and timely overview of the impact of molecular techniques on traditional biology.'
New Scientist

EAN: 9780412037818
ISBN: 0412037815
Untertitel: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1993
Seitenanzahl: 528 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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