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Ecological developmental biology; integrating epigenetics, medicine, and evolution.


Ecological developmental biology; integrating epigenetics, medicine, and evolution.

Gilbert, Scott F. and David Epel.

Sinauer Associates


480 pages




This textbook on the emerging discipline of ecological developmental biology explains the interactions between organisms and their environment, and how changes in behavior can be traced to chemical compounds, nutritional differences, temperature changes and other factors. Gilbert (biology, Swarthmore College) and Epel (biology, Stanford U.) examine the field of epigenetics, the study of gene changes that are not related to the DNA sequence, to provide a body of research for the newer discipline. The authors explain how environmental signals act as agents for producing phenotypes and normal development, and then apply these principles to both disease states and evolutionary synthesis.

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Date:Mar 1, 2009
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