Genetics and Randomness

Anatoly Ruvinsky

July 28, 2009 by CRC Press
Reference - 160 Pages - 36 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420078855 - CAT# 78852

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Features

    • Bridges genetics and other fields of science and philosophy
    • Provides biographical sketches of pioneering scientists and mathematicians and their tremendous contributions to the field
    • Explores both classical genetics wisdom and the latest genomic ideas

    Summary

    Analyzes Randomness in Major Genetic Processes and Events

    No matter how far science advances, the proportion of what is knowable to what is random will remain unchanged, and attempts to ignore this critical threshold are futile at best. With the revolutionary explosion in genetic information discovery, it is crucially important to recognize the underlying limitations of scientific prediction in genetics.

    Genetics and Randomness furthers the understanding of the role randomness plays in critical biological processes. The book also navigates the complex nature of genetic uncertainty from different points of view and at various levels of biological organization.

    Avoids Unnecessary Technical Details and Specific Terminology

    Exploring areas ranging from basic quantum mechanics and molecular genetics to modern evolutionary genetics and the philosophy of mathematics, this well-organized text discusses:

    • Spontaneity of mutations and their relation to subatomic randomness
    • Deep links between subatomic fluctuations and long-term macroscopic changes in living organisms
    • The multitude of random events that occur during development
    • Segregation, genetic drift, and natural selection

    Randomness and uncertainty are not occasional and regretful deviations from the "true" principles upon which life is built. Genetics and Randomness illustrates the ubiquitous nature of randomness as an integral feature of all essential processes, effectively embracing a probabilistic understanding of the phenomena of life.