The Evolution Explosion by Stephen R. Palumbi
How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change

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Evolution is not only the slow process that ruled the rise and fall of the dinosaurs over hundreds of millions of years. It also happens quickly - so quickly and frequently that it changes how all of us live our lives: drugs fail because diseases evolve; insects overcome the most powerful pesticides; HIV and tuberculosis develop resistance to the newest drugs in a few months. While the ecological scars of human technology have been well publicized, the broad evolutionary consequences of antibiotic and antiviral use, insecticide applications and herbicide bioengineering are largely unexplored. Humans have a great impact on evolution. Our impact remains largely accidental but our actions have generated a burst of evolutionary change that affects the entire natural world. These changes come back to haunt us and affect our daily lives. Written for a wide audience, "The Evolution Explosion" examines the practical and critical aspects of modern evolution.

About Stephen R. Palumbi

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Stephen R. Palumbi is professor of biology at Harvard University.
Published May 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 277 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Ever since penicillin was introduced in 1943 and declared a medical miracle, humans have haphazardly incorporated antibacterial agents in dish soaps, face washes and other cleansers, unaware that t

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In addition, Palumbi argues that the much heralded advent of genetic engineering has merely added fuel to the evolutionary engine by increasing insect resistance to crops that are engineered to emit a single pesticide.

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