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A Niche for the Genome (2015)


In their considered reviews both Thomas Pradeu and Lindell Bromham introduce important topics not sufficiently covered in our book. Pradeu asks us to enlarge on the epigenetic and ecological context of genes, particularly in the form of symbioses. We use the relationship between eukaryotes and their symbiotic organisms as a welcome opportunity to clarify our concept of the developmental niche, and its relationship to the developmental system. Bromham’s comments reveal that she is primarily interested in identifying macroevolutionary patterns. From her vantage point eco-evo-devo, the study of phenotypic plasticity, epigenetic and exogenetic inheritance, have not yet demonstrated the need for any revolutionary change in evolutionary thought. For us they highlight the extent to which proximate developmental mechanisms can inform ultimate biology.

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Authors & Contributors
Minelli, Alessandro
Falk, Raphael
Tudge, Colin
Goodenough, Ursula
Arp, Robert
Ayala, Francisco José
Biology and Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Archives of Natural History
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Hill & Wang
Oxford University Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Princeton University Press
Terminology and nomenclature
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Gould, Stephen Jay
Keller, Evelyn Fox
Venter, J. Craig
Koonin, Eugene V.
Morowitz, Harold J.
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early

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