Sep 052008
 

I just received a copy of “Reading the story in DNA; a beginner’s guide to molecular evolution” by Lindell Bromham, OUP 2008, ISBN: 978-0-19-929091-8
I have only looked at it quickly but it is very impressive. I like the writing style. It is well produced. Figures are excellent. The parts I have read are full of common sense. It has a good mix of simplicity and depth. It seems at a good level for undergraduate students and some postgrads. It feels modern- a very very rare thing indeed for evolution books, as I often complain. It has “Techbox” sections describing such things as Genbank records, primer design, maximum likelihood methods. It has case studies- solving the mystery of the Chilean blob, using bioinformatics to describe endogenous retroviruses, horizontal gene transfer between parasitic plants and their hosts. Interestingly it also has “Heroes of the Genetic Revolution” boxes detailing the careers of some of the greats. Who would be your heroes?
OK so as I type this skimming through the book saying how much I like it I come across a nice picture and section on some work I contributed to on cryptic speciation in Brachionus rotifers[1]. So now it just looks like I’m sucking up, but I didn’t even know that was there when I started this post.

Anyway, it looks a great book.


1.Gómez A, Serra M, Carvalho GR & Lunt DH (2002) Speciation in ancient species complexes: evidence from the molecular phylogeny of Brachionus plicatilis (Rotifera). Evolution, 56(7):1431-1444, doi:1431-1444. 10.1111/j.0014-3820.2002.tb01455.x
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