Georgia Genetics Review

Genetics of Adaptation

Editors: Mauricio, Rodney (Ed.)

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An enduring controversy in evolutionary biology is the genetic basis of adaptation. Darwin emphasized "many slight differences" as the ultimate source of variation to be acted upon by natural selection. In the early 1900’s, this view was opposed by "Mendelian geneticists", who emphasized the importance of "macromutations" in evolution. The Modern Synthesis resolved this controversy, concluding that mutations in genes of very small effect were responsible for adaptive evolution.

A decade ago, Allen Orr and Jerry Coyne reexamined the evidence for this neo-Darwinian view and found that both the theoretical and empirical basis for it were weak. Orr and Coyne encouraged evolutionary biologists to reexamine this neglected question: what is the genetic basis of adaptive evolution?

In this volume, a new generation of biologists have taken up this challenge. Using advances in both molecular genetic and statistical techniques, evolutionary geneticists have made considerable progress in this emerging field. In this volume, a diversity of examples from plant and animal studies provides valuable information for those interested in the genetics and evolution of complex traits.

Table of contents (2 chapters)

  • QTL mapping and the genetic basis of adaptation: recent developments

    Zhao-Bang Zeng

    Pages 25-37

  • Evolution in heterogeneous environments and the potential of maintenance of genetic variation in traits of adaptive significance

    Diane L. Byers

    Pages 107-124

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Genetics of Adaptation
Editors
  • Rodney Mauricio
Series Title
Georgia Genetics Review
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3836-5
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3836-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3476-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6876-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 209
Additional Information
Reprinted from Genetica, Volume 12(1-2), 2005
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