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Genetics and the Logic of Evolution - Kenneth M. Weiss

Contents


I. UNDERSTANDING BIOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY:
Basic Concepts and Principles 1
1. Prospect: The Basic Postulates of Life 3
2. Conceptual and Analytic Approaches to Evolution 21
3. Evolution By Phenotype: How Change Happens in Life 43
II. BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE: A Genetic Repertoire for
Evolving Complexity 67
4. The Storage and Flow of Biological Information 69
5. Genotypes and Phenotypes 105
6. A Cell is Born 119
7. A Repertoire of Basic Genetic Mechanisms 145
III. AN INTERNAL AWARENESS OF SELF: Communication
within Organisms 177
8. Making More of Life: The Many Aspects of Reproduction 179
9. Scaling Up: How Cells Build an Organism 213
10. Communicating Between Cells 253
11. Detecting and Destroying Internal Invaders 279

IV. EXTERNAL AWARENESS: Information Transfer between
Environment to Organism 313
12. Detecting Physical Variability in the Environment 315
13. Chemical Signaling and Sensation from the Outside World 343
14. Detecting Light 367
15. The Development and Structure of Nervous Systems 395
16. Perceiving: Integrating Signals from the Environment 421

V. FINALE: Evolutionary Order and Disorder between Phenotypes
and Genotypes 455
17. A Great Chain of Beings 457
References 485

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