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Wills, Christopher

Overview
Works: 31 works in 176 publications in 10 languages and 9,030 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  History 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: RA649, 614.49
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Most widely held works about Christopher Wills
 
Most widely held works by Christopher Wills
Yellow fever, black goddess : the coevolution of people and plagues by Christopher Wills( Book )

11 editions published between 1966 and 1996 in English and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In order to deal with these microbes we must understand the entire evolutionary environment in which they function - from tropical breeding grounds to the resistant temperate zones, from insect viruses to human plagues - and through this alone can we hope to control them. By giving these organisms their due in this remarkable account, Christopher Wills points the way toward gaining that mastery
The runaway brain : the evolution of human uniqueness by Christopher Wills( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at the human brain employs new research by paleontologists, geneticists, and neurobiologists to debunk revisionist theories of human prehistory, studying two competing theories of human evolution: the "multiple origins" and "Noah's Ark" models
Exons, introns, and talking genes : the science behind the Human Genome Project by Christopher Wills( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and Japanese and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story behind one of the most difficult--and ultimately rewarding--scientific endeavors in modern history: a multibillion-dollar international undertaking that will revolutionize our understanding of the human body. Exons, Introns, and Talking Genes is a scientist's view of the Human Genome Project. Wills explains the science as no layperson could, telling the story of the scientists involved in the project, the biomedical breakthroughs that led up to it, and how the new information it generates will change the way we understand and treat disease. Ever since Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA, scientists have been trying to "read" the human genetic code locked in the millions and millions of bases that make up DNA. But over the past thirty years, as many new questions have been raised as answered. Why, for example, do we carry long, repeating stretches of DNA that play no discernible role in heredity and that are currently referred to simply as "junk DNA"? Is it really true that much of human DNA is actually viral DNA-remnants, that is, of past infections? And why is most of the DNA that codes for genes quickly removed as useless "introns," leaving only the tiny but key "exons"? When completed in the next century, the Human Genome Project will have determined every gene sequence in the human body, illuminating for scientists some of the outstanding problems in human biology: the genesis of cancer, how embryos and fetuses develop, the mechanisms of aging, and the origin of mutations
Children of Prometheus : the accelerating pace of human evolution by Christopher Wills( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and Chinese and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Are we still evolving? Or has our mastery of the environment stopped natural selection in its tracks? In Children of Prometheus, biologist Christopher Wills gives a surprising answer: that the evolution of Homo sapiens is actually accelerating. To make this controversial case, Wills takes us to the far reaches of the planet. To the Tibetan plateau, where the severe climate has prompted rapid, short-term evolutionary change. To Africa, where human-caused ecological upheaval continues to spawn ever more virulent strains of infectious diseases - diseases which in turn affect the evolutionary course of their hosts. To the hushed corridors of Whitehall, where job stress is taking some British civil servants to an early death. In each of these cases - and in the many others that Wills examines - our power over nature has done nothing to halt evolution's unrelenting march." "Spurred by a rapidly changing environment, and acting on our ever-expanding gene pool, natural selection will likely take us even deeper into uncharted territory. And Wills offers an exciting glimpse into this fascinating and frenetic future. What will become of our species as more and more of us wire our brains into vast electronic webs? Or pop "smart drugs" that alter the brain's very biochemical structure? Or adapt to bizarre conditions on extrasolar planets?"--Jacket
The wisdom of the genes : new pathways in evolution by Christopher Wills( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of how evolution works according to modern knowledge and of how the process of evolution itself evolves with time
The spark of life : Darwin and the primeval soup by Christopher Wills( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Christopher Wills and Jeffrey Bada take us on a mind-expanding journey - back in time, across the globe, and through the solar system in search of extraterrestrial life. From Swedish mine shafts to the Stygian blackness of the deep ocean, the intellectual story they trace is a fascinating one, rooted in recent advances in chemistry, molecular biology, and planetary science." "The road to understanding has not been a smooth one, however, and consensus among scientists is still difficult to achieve. Untangling a century of contentious debate, Wills and Bada explore contemporary theories of the source of life - from asteroids and Martian meteorites to hot rocks and hydrothermal vents. They then present their own elegant and compelling scenario: Life arose not in the subterranean depths, as many have recently suggested, but on Earth's tumultuous surface, where a primitive form of natural selection spawned the first genetic material, perhaps in the form of a proto-virus."--BOOK JACKET
Green equilibrium : the vital balance of humans & nature by Christopher Wills( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work, the author, a field biologist, explains the rules by which ecosystems thrive, shining light on a set of ecological balancing acts that he calls "green equilibria," rules which keep our world vibrant, verdant, and ecologically intact. To explain the idea of "green equilibrium," he draws on a range of examples, including coral reefs off the densely populated Philippines, the isolated and thickly forested valleys of Papua New Guinea, the changing Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and a Californian ranch being allowed to return to a wild state. He travels to Guyana's rainforests and savannahs, for instance, to provide startling vignettes of ecological processes in action. Among other topics, he highlights the snake-head mimicry that swallowtail caterpillars use to scare off predators, the symbiotic relationship between the exceedingly rare Golden Poison-Dart Frog and the tank bromeliad plant, and the invisible world of pathogens and parasites that helps to drive diversity. All these mechanisms, and many more, maintain the "green equilibria" of Guyana's rainforest ecosystems. The author also shows how "green equilibria" have shaped the evolution and history of our own species. We now know that a kind of genetic "green equilibrium" helped populations adapt to changing environmental conditions as they spread out of Africa. Striking new evidence indicates that some modern human populations still carry genes from past hominids (such as the Neanderthals) as well as genetic adaptations to local hazards such as malaria. Traveling to many different ecosystems, from coral reefs to the high Himalayas, and drawing on his own on-the-ground research, the author illuminates ecological laws in action. Perhaps most important, he introduces us to people, in many countries around the world, who are now using this new knowledge to help heal the planet
Genetic variability by Christopher Wills( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The role of gentic variability in evolution; Neutralism v; selection; Arguments for and against postulaating a large class of neutral genes;New molecular evidence for selection; Evidence for balancing selection Matching modes of selection to classes of variability; The nature of balanced genetic variability; The conditions under which the gene is the unit of selection; The evolution of recombination
Plagues : their origin, history, and future by Christopher Wills( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La sagesse des gènes nouvelles perpectives sur l'évolution by Christopher Wills( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1996 in French and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plagues : their origins, history and future by Christopher Wills( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yellow fever, black goddess by Christopher Wills( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells how microbes struggle to survive in the hostile environment of a society determined to eradicate them
Children of Prometheus : the accelerating pace of human evolution by Christopher Wills( Recording )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cogent arguments about our evolutionary path to date and that it makes possible the uniquely human qualities of language, culture, and civilization."
The Darwinian tourist : viewing the world through evolutionary eyes by Christopher Wills( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wills shares with us some of the extraordinary sights he has seen, exploring each time the evolutionary processes that underlie the beauty and diversity of the wildlife
De wijsheid van de genen : nieuwe wegen in de evolutie by Christopher Wills( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in Dutch and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aan de hand van analogieën uit het dagelijks leven legt de auteur zijn stelling uit dat de genen het evolutieproces kunnen beïnvloeden
La sfida della genetica : verso un nuovo corso evolutivo by Christopher Wills( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in Italian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of human uniqueness by Christopher Wills( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genlerin Bilgeliği : evrimde yeni patikalar by Christopher Wills( Book )

2 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in Turkish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idenshi no chie( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Den herrelösa hjärnan : den unika människans evolution by Christopher Wills( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Swedish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Yellow fever, black goddess : the coevolution of people and plagues
Alternative Names
Christopher Wills Biologist

Wills, Christopher

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The runaway brain : the evolution of human uniquenessChildren of Prometheus : the accelerating pace of human evolutionThe spark of life : Darwin and the primeval soupPlagues : their origin, history, and futurePlagues : their origins, history and futureThe Darwinian tourist : viewing the world through evolutionary eyesThe evolution of human uniqueness