Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems:

Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems:

Andreas Wagner / Mar 31, 2020

Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems All living things are remarkably complex yet their DNA is unstable undergoing countless random mutations over generations Despite this instability most animals do not grow two heads or die plants

  • Title: Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems:
  • Author: Andreas Wagner
  • ISBN: 9780691122403
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All living things are remarkably complex, yet their DNA is unstable, undergoing countless random mutations over generations Despite this instability, most animals do not grow two heads or die, plants continue to thrive, and bacteria continue to divide Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems tackles this perplexing paradox The book explores why genetic changes doAll living things are remarkably complex, yet their DNA is unstable, undergoing countless random mutations over generations Despite this instability, most animals do not grow two heads or die, plants continue to thrive, and bacteria continue to divide Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems tackles this perplexing paradox The book explores why genetic changes do not cause organisms to fail catastrophically and how evolution shapes organisms robustness Andreas Wagner looks at this problem from the ground up, starting with the alphabet of DNA, the genetic code, RNA, and protein molecules, moving on to genetic networks and embryonic development, and working his way up to whole organisms He then develops an evolutionary explanation for robustness Wagner shows how evolution by natural selection preferentially finds and favors robust solutions to the problems organisms face in surviving and reproducing Such robustness, he argues, also enhances the potential for future evolutionary innovation Wagner also argues that robustness has less to do with organisms having plenty of spare parts the redundancy theory that has been popular and to do with the reality that mutations can change organisms in ways that do not substantively affect their fitness Unparalleled in its field, this book offers the most detailed analysis available of all facets of robustness within organisms It will appeal not only to biologists but also to engineers interested in the design of robust systems and to social scientists concerned with robustness in human communities and populations.

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    About "Andreas Wagner"

      • Andreas Wagner

        Andreas Wagner is Professor in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Zurich and an award winning science writer He received his PhD from Yale and has held research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico The author of than 150 scientific papers published in leading journals including Nature and Science, this is his first book popularizing his new evolutionary systems research He lives in Zurich.


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    1. Far too technical a read to say I enjoyed it as such, and being that it is top-heavy with science and math this wasn't strictly a sit-down-and-read book. I admit to skimming a lot of the material, but that's okay I was far more interested in Wagner's topic than I was getting into the gritty details. As per the title, we're dealing with robustness and evolvability in living systems; that is, how living organisms resist and adapt to change over time. Life has come up with a staggering range of rob [...]



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