Evolutionary bioinformatics. 2nd ed. (English) Zbl 1263.92015

New York, NY: Springer (ISBN 978-1-4419-7770-0/hbk; 978-1-4419-7771-7/ebook). xxii, 509 p. (2011).
[For the original edition from 2006 see Zbl 1170.92335.]
Publisher’s description: This book aims to make the “new” information-based (rather than gene-based) bioinformatics intelligible both to the “bio” people and the “info” people. Books on bioinformatics have traditionally served gene-hunters and biologists who wish to construct family trees showing tidy lines of descent. While dealing extensively with the exciting topics of gene discovery and data base-searching, such books have hardly considered genomes as information channels through which multiple forms and levels of information have passed through generations.
This “new bioinformatics” contrasts with the “old” gene-based bioinformatics that so preoccupies previous texts. The text extends a line of evolutionary thoughts that leads from the nineteenth century (Darwin, Butler, Romanes, Bateson), through the twentieth (Goldschmidt, White), and into the twenty first (the final works of the late Stephen Jay Gould). Long an area of controversy, diverging views may now be reconciled. The book is unique in emphasising non-genic aspects of bioinformatics, and linking modern evolutionary biology to a history that extends back to the nineteenth century. Forms of information that we are familiar with (mental, textual) are related to forms we are less familiar with (hereditary).


92C42 Systems biology, networks
92D15 Problems related to evolution
92D10 Genetics and epigenetics
92-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to biology
68U99 Computing methodologies and applications


Zbl 1170.92335
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