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Evolution in a Toxic World: How Life Responds to Chemical Threats

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With BPA in baby bottles, mercury in fish, and lead in computer monitors, the world has become a toxic place. But as Emily Monosson demonstrates in her groundbreaking new book, it has always been toxic. When oxygen first developed in Earth's atmosphere, it threatened the very existence of life: now we literally can't live without it. According to Monosson, examining how li ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by Island Press (first published March 26th 2012)
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Taryn
Jan 28, 2016 Taryn rated it liked it
Did you know that oxygen used to be toxic? That some species, like killifish, have already evolved resistance to some water pollutants? That it is mosquitoes' ability to duplicate alleles that allows them to develop pesticide resistance?

If those sound like things you would be interested in learning more about, you might want to pick up Evolution in a Toxic World: How Life Responds to Chemical Threats, by Emily Monosson. She details how various living creatures have evolved to survive--and even t
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Amanda
Monosson attempts to explain both current and possible future impacts of chemical pollutants on humans by examining how life responded to toxic threats in the past.

Allow me to preface my review by saying that although I am not a scientist, my profession is that of a medical librarian, so scientific jargon is not new to me. I would therefore say my understanding of science is somewhere above average American but below actual scientist. I had the impression from the description that this book is w
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Breanna Ford
Aug 01, 2013 Breanna Ford rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful.

This book made me love evolutionary biology in ways that no class had ever done. It is a more technical text than I would recommend to someone that is completely unfamiliar with biochem/tox/ect... BUT its a wonderful read to take all of those topics and relate them in ways that most classes don't get into.
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Aug 16, 2012 Melanie marked it as to-read
I saw Emily Monosson give a lecture tonight and am interested to get more details on some of the examples of adaptations to toxins she touched upon, such as fish living in polluted water.
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