The Evolution Explosion
How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change
ISBN10: 0393323382 ISBN13: 9780393323382 Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: Aug 1 2002 Weight: 0.60lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Evolution is not merely the process that ruled the rise and fall of the dinosaurs over hundreds of millions of years. It also happens rapidly, so quickly and so frequently that it changes how all of us live our lives. Drugs fail because diseases like HIV and tuberculosis evolve in a matter of months, neatly sidestepping pharmacology. Insects adapt and render harmless the most powerful pesticides in a matter of years, not centuries. While the ecological impact of human technology has been well publicized, the evolutionary consequences of antibiotic and antiviral use, insecticide applications, and herbicide bioengineering have been largely unexplored. In "The Evolution Explosion," Stephen R. Palumbi examines these practical and critical aspects of modern evolution with a simple, yet forceful style that contains both an urgent message and a sense of humor.