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Reading the Story in DNA: A beginner's guide to molecular evolution Paperback – 7 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199290911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199290918
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,181,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a thoroughly engaging beginners textbook on molecular evolution. Bromhams use of modern, colorful examples rather than equations will capture both the attention and the imagination of readers, providing a clear and thorough introduction into a highly sophisticated field without requiring advanced mathematical knowledge. The Quarterly Review of Biology

About the Author

Lindell Bromham is a senior lecturer in the School of Botany and Zoology at The Australian National University.

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If, like me, your biology teaching stopped in late 1960s at GCE A-level, then you should read this book. So much about DNA has changed that I think any interested reader would find this useful. You do need to know something basic about DNA and the process of cell division (mitosis and meiosis) but otherwise the book should be great for a reader wanting to understand what is possible nowadays. There is a non-technical text. but for more technical detail you can refer to separate boxed sections and then there are the case studies that show you why this knowledge is important (for example in whale evolution or evolution of insecticide resistance). Illustrations are excellent and in full colour even in the Kindle edition. The writing style is really very straightforward to follow. There is no need to read it all at one go. Each chapter is quite self contained. I am really glad to have found it, but beware...knowledge advances so quickly here. For example the topic of epigenetics (where heritable changes in DNA function can be produced by environmental factors) is barely touched on. However, for current molecular genetics it should keep you up to date for a while yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Aug. 2009
By R.M.T. - Published on
Format: Paperback
This has been a great book for me since I am just starting out in learning about Genetics and Molecular Evolution. It explains it all without the math. I would recommend it to anyone who needs the explanation before applying the math
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for beginners 28 Aug. 2012
By Cynthia Gibas - Published on
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I teach bioinformatics courses in a program that admits students with diverse backgrounds. This book is an excellent way to get students with little biology background up to speed in molecular evolution. It gives a practical context for commonly used algorithms. The examples are modern and relevant. I have handed my copy off to graduate students who need to do some self-education to catch up and those who have read it have found it very useful. I think it would also make a pretty decent textbook for an undergraduate course in molecular sequence analysis, especially because it includes concepts of population genetics and variation that are often left out of sequence analysis texts written from the algorithmic perspective.
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