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The plausibility of life : resolving Darwin's dilemma

"In a new theory they call "facilitated variation," Kirschner and Gerhart elevate the individual organism from a passive target of natural selection to a central player in the three-billion-year history of evolution. In clear, accessible language, the authors invite every reader to contemplate daring new ideas about evolution. By closing the major gap in Darwin's theory Kirschner and Gerhart also provide a timely scientific rebuttal to critics of evolution who champion "intelligent design.""--Jacket
Print Book, English, ©2005
Yale University Press, New Haven, ©2005
xiii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780300108651, 9780300119770, 0300108656, 0300119771
Introduction : a clock on the heath
The sources of variation
Conserved cells, divergent organisms
Physiological adaptability and evolution
Weak regulatory linkage
Exploratory behavior
Invisible anatomy
Facilitated variation
Is life plausible?