Biochemical Evolution: The Pursuit of Perfection

2nd Edition

Athel Cornish-Bowden

Garland Science
Published July 15, 2016
Textbook - 282 Pages
ISBN 9780815345527 - CAT# Y214284

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  • This book tells the story of the biochemical mechanisms that make evolution possible, exploring how optimality (cost and benefit) influences the outcomes of evolution.
  • Thoroughly updated, the book contains three new chapters on the failures of natural selection, defining life, and biological education around the globe.
  • New biographical notes on less well-known scientists and their key achievements appear as marginal notes.
  • Additional literature references are provided as footnotes, along with many new illustrations throughout.


Biochemical Evolution: The Pursuit of Perfection, Second Edition by Athel Cornish-Bowden describes the relationship between biochemistry and evolutionary biology, arguing that each depends on the other to be properly understood. There are many aspects of evolution that make sense only in the light of biochemical knowledge, just as there are many aspects of biochemistry that make sense only in the light of evolution.


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