Genomics and Evolution

in Genomes and What to Make of Them

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226172958
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226172965 | DOI:
Genomics and Evolution

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This chapter turns to the importance of genomics in the broader context of biology, and in particular in relation to the theory of evolution. It approaches evolution, however, from a direction foreshadowed in Chapter 3, by first considering how the classification of organisms has been transformed by the rise of genomics and the systematic comparison of DNA sequences in the genomes of different organisms that it has made possible. It promotes accounts of evolution that focus attention on the evolution of molecules and of microbes. The chapter concludes by pointing to some remarkable ways in which genomic research on microbes is transforming biological ideas.

Keywords: classification; DNA sequences; metagenomics; biology; molecules; microbes

Chapter.  12869 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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