The Making of the Fittest by Sean B. Carroll
DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution

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DNA evidence not only solves crimes—in Sean Carroll's hands it will now end the Evolution Wars.

DNA, the genetic blueprint of all creatures, is a stunningly rich and detailed record of evolution. Every change or new trait, from the gaudy colors of tropical birds to our color vision with which we admire them, is due to changes in DNA that leave a record and can be traced. Just as importantly, the DNA evidence has revealed several profound surprises about how evolution actually works.

About Sean B. Carroll

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SEAN B. CARROLL is the author of Remarkable Creatures, a finalist for the National Book Award; The Making of the Fittest, winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award; and Endless Forms Most Beautiful. He also writes the monthly feature "Remarkable Creatures" for the New York Times "Science Times." An internationally known scientist and leading educator, Dr. Carroll currently heads the Department of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and is professor of molecular biology and genetics at the University of Wisconsin. He has received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science and the Stephen Jay Gould Prize for promoting the public understanding of evolution.

Author Residence: Madison, Wisconsin
Published September 17, 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. 304 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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When researchers inserted a mouse sonic hedgehog gene into a skate the fins were transformed: not into mouse feet (an inserted control gene is always expressed in the character of the recipient), but by the differentiation of the normally identical fin-rods of the skate into something more like m...

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Picking up where scientists like Richard Dawkins have left off, Carroll, a professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo-Devo ), has written a fast-paced look at how DNA demonstrates the evolutionary process.

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