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Genetics in the Wild: Genetics in the Wild

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Award-winning geneticist John C. Avise guides this delightful voyage around the planet in search of answers to nature's mysteries. He demonstrates how scientists directly examine DNA to address long-standing questions about wild animals, plants, and microbes. Through dozens of stories that span the world, nature emerges as a realm where truth can be far stranger than fiction. From a 100-ton mushroom to egg-swapping birds, extinct ground sloths to microbes inside our bodies, Avise examines a cornucopia of natural-history topics and explains how today's modern genetic techniques offer novel insights.

Do armadillo litters really contain clones? When is a fig tree not just a single tree? Where have migratory whales traveled? Who are the mothers of the embryos carried by pregnant male seahorses? What insect was the world's earliest farmer? How closely related are Neanderthals to modern humans? Answers to these and many more questions are presented here in a straightforwad manner that reveals Avise's enthusiasm for uncovering nature's hidden ways. Each entry is accompanied by a beautiful illustration from Trudy Nicholson, widely recognized as one of today's leading nature artists.

About the Author

John C. Avise is distinguished research professor of genetics at the University of Georgia and was elected to the membership of both the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of many books, including Captivating Life: A Naturalist in the Age of Genetics.

Trudy Nicholson has illustrated many books, including Evolutionary Wars: The Battle of Species on Land, at Sea, and in the Air.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588342935
Author:
Avise, John C.
Publisher:
Smithsonian Books (DC)
Illustrator:
Nicholson, Trudy
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
92 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
270
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x .75 in .8438 lb

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