Mendel's Demon: Gene Justice and the Complexity of Life

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The existence of complex life is one of the great mysteries of evolution, for complexity is neither inevitable nor necessary. This book shows how two major biological hurdles had to be overcome to allow living complexity to evolve - gene copying errors and natural selection.

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Mark Ridley is in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. He was formerly assistant professor of anthropology and biology at Emory University, Georgia, USA. He has also been a research fellow at St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and at Linacre, Oriel and New Colleges, Oxford. He is the author of the acclaimed student textbook Evolution and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Nature, New Scientist and The TLS, among other publications. Mendel's Demon is his long-awaited trade debut.

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