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Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life’s history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature.

In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of t
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Simon Schuster
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يسرد الكتاب مستعيناً بكم وافر من الأمثلة أهم الاكتشافات في مجال علم الأحياء الجزيئية منذ نشر كتاب تشارلز داروين عام ١٨٥٩ حول أصل الأنواع إلى اليوم، وكيف غيرت هذه الفتوحات العلمية فهمنا لتطور الكائنات.
ثبت للعلماء اليوم أن التكاثر البيولوجي ليس الطريق الوحيد أمام المادة الوراثية لتنتقل إلى كائن حي آخر. ففي العقود القليلة الماضية، تبين أن قفز الجينات الأفقي (وهي عملية انتقال المادة الوراثية من سلالة حية واستيعابها في سلالة أخرى من خلال ما يعرف بالتكافل الجيني) هو عامل رئيسي في تطور الحياة على
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David Quammen (born February 1948) is an award-winning science, nature and travel writer whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Outside, Harper's, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Book Review; he has also written fiction. He wrote a column called "Natural Acts" for Outside magazine for fifteen years. Quammen lives in Bozeman, Montana.
“Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever branching and beautiful ramifications.” There’s a nice word: ramifications. It’s especially good in this context because, while the literal definition is “a structure formed of branches,” from the Latin ramus, of course the looser definition is “implications.” Darwin’s tree certainly had implications.” 1 likes
“Habitat doesn’t replicate itself. Places get crowded. Creatures go hungry. They struggle. The result is competition and deprivation and misery, winners and losers, unsuccessful efforts to breed and, for the less fortunate individuals, early death. Many are called, but few are chosen. The book that awakened Darwin to this reality was An Essay on the Principle of Population, by a severely logical clergyman and scholar named Thomas Malthus.” 1 likes
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