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Why and how did life become so diverse? This book attempts to answer these questions through the lens of laboratory evolution experiments with microbes. Topics include the genetics of adaptation and divergence, the ecological processes driving diversification and how genetic architecture promotes or prevents adaptive diversification.
What people are saying
"... a triumph! This [book] will be as important as Endler on selection in the wild, or Burt and Trivers on selfish genetic elements—it will become the foundation document for the whole burgeoning field." —Graham Bell, McGill University
“Rees Kassen's timely and informative book is a thorough and fascinating survey of evolution in the microbiology lab, and what it can tell us about how the glorious diversity of life arose. It is also, unlike much science, beautifully written.” —William Hanage, Harvard School of Public Health
"Rees Kassen makes the full scope of experimental evolution research on microbes accessible to a general audience." -David Reznick, U California, Riverside
Jeremy Fox on the blog, Dynamic Ecology
Britt Koskella in Evolution
Tad Kawecki in Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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