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Description - Topobiology by Gerald M. Edelman

Edelman links genetics, development, behavior, and evolution.. If you had a complete copy of a dinosaurs DNA and the genetic code, you still would not be able to make a dinosauror even determine what one looked like. Why? How do animals get their shape and how does shape evolve? In this important book, Nobel laureate Gerald M. Edelman challenges the notion that an understanding of the genetic code and of cell differentiation is sufficient to answer these questions. Rather, he argues, a trio of related issues must also be investigatedthe development of form, the evolution of form, and the morphological and functional bases of behavior. Topobiology presents an introduction to molecular embryology and describes a comprehensive hypothesis to account for the evolution and development of animal form.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465086535
ISBN-10: 0465086535
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 30-Jun-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gerald M. Edelman

Gerald M. Edelman is director of the Neurosciences Institute and chairman of the Department of Neurobiology at the Scripps Research Institute. He received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1972. He is also the author of Bright Air, Brilliant Fire Tobiology and The Remembered Present.

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