The Evolution Explosion
How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary ChangeBook - 2001
While the ecological scars of human technology have been well publicized, Palumbi (biology, Harvard U.) says that no one has explored the evolutionary consequences of antibiotic and antiviral use, insecticide applications, and herbicide bioengineering. For example, he points out, the evolution of disease organisms adds some $30 million a year to US medical bills and is making some diseases economically incurable, and US farmers pay about $2 billion a year to combat insects that have evolved tolerance to their pesticides. He also explores whether humans impact their own evolution, whether they have stopped evolving, whether they generate their won evolutionary pressure, and other questions. He writes for the general reader. c. Book News Inc.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2001.
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 576.8 Pal
Characteristics: x, 277 pages : illustrations