Epistasis and the Evolutionary Process

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Jason B. Wolf, Edmund D. Brodie, Michael John Wade
Oxford University Press, 2000 - Science - 330 pages
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Over the last two decades, research into epistasis has seen explosive growth and has moved the focus of research in evolutionary genetics from a traditional additive approach. We now know the effects of genes are rarely independent, and to reach a fuller understanding of the process of evolution we need to look at gene interactions as well as gene-environment interactions. This book is an overview of non-additive evolutionary genetics, integrating all work to date on all levels of evolutionary investigation of the importance of epistasis in the evolutionary process in general. It includes a historical perspective on this emerging field, in-depth discussion of terminology, discussions of the effects of epistasis at several different levels of biological organization and combinations of theoretical and experimental approaches to analysis.
 

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Contents

The Evolutionary Importance
20
COMPLEX TRAITS
39
Detecting Epistasis among Quantitative Trait Loci
58
Epistasis and the Maintenance of Sex
99
Evolution of an Ultraselfish
113
THE CONSTITUENTS OF GENETIC VARIATION
127
Epistasis Linkage and Balancing Selection
146
Indirect Genetic Effects and Gene Interactions
158
Gene Interactions and the Origin of Species
197
Epistasis as a Genetic Constraint within Populations
213
The Contribution of Epistasis to the Evolution
232
University of Maryland
244
The Evolution of Genetic Architectures
245
Inferring Epistasis in Wild Sunflower Hybrid Zones
264
References
280
Index
325

The Evolutionary Potential of Morphology
177

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Jason B. Wolf is at Washington University School of Medicine.

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