The Making of the Fittest

DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution
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Product Number: DD20545
Released: Jan 15, 2007
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ISBN: #9781400103157
Narrator/s: Patrick Lawlor
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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DNA evidence not only solves crimes-in Sean Carroll's hands it will now end the Evolution Wars. DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed-it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest. In this highly accessible narrative, Sean Carroll guides the general listener on a tour of the massive DNA record of three billion years of evolution to see how the fittest are made. And what an eye-opening tour it is-one that features immortal genes, fossil genes, and genes that bear the scars of past battles with horrible diseases. This book clinches the case for evolution beyond any reasonable doubt.

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Author(s): Sean Carroll
Genre: Science

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The Making of the Fittest
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Author(s): Sean Carroll
Narrator(s): Patrick Lawlor
Genre: Science
Product Number Z10004425
Released: Jan 15, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400123155

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"In a modern coda to Darwin's laws, Sean Carroll examines the evolutionary concept of the "fittest." Although not intended for casual readers, the audiobook discusses in satisfying scientific detail the current knowledge of evolution on a molecular basis and labels it "genomics." Narrator Patrick Lawlor picks just the right pace for such a weighty tome, leaving enough time for listeners to absorb great detail but not be narcotized. He never misses with the complex vocabulary and finds an agreeable tone to keep listener interest high. Those who know Lawlor's other readings will again be amazed at his proficiency with the requirements of so many kinds of literature. An open mind will find the audiobook challenging and rewarding. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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