Experiments using microbes are the best way to make sense of evolution in real time. This edited book highlights the experimental approach, using Viruses, Bacteria, "lower" Eukaryotes and digital organisms. The contributors illustrate the ways this approach is revolutionizing our understanding of adaptation, recombination and mutation rates, speciation and the evolutionary transitions from prokaryotic to eukaryotic and from unicellular to multicellular life forms.
Key selling features:
Provides a synopsis of experimental methods for studying of fundamental questions of evolutionary biology An updated test of the broader theories of evolution using fast moving and increasingly important empirical approaches Chapters come from leading contributors to experimental investigations of Evolutionary questions