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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The extraordinary role of viruses in evolution and how this is revolutionising biology and medicine. Darwin's theory of evolution is still the greatest breakthrough in biological science. His explanation of the role of natural selection in driving the evolution of life on earth depended on steady variation of living things over time - but he was unable to explain how this variation occurred.

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The extraordinary role of viruses in evolution and how this is revolutionising biology and medicine. Darwin's theory of evolution is still the greatest breakthrough in biological science. His explanation of the role of natural selection in driving the evolution of life on earth depended on steady variation of living things over time - but he was unable to explain how this variation occurred.

In the years since publication of the Origin of Species, we have discovered three main sources for this variation - mutation, hybridisation and epigenetics. Then on Sunday, 12th February, the evidence for perhaps the most extraordinary cause of variation was simultaneously released by two organisations - the code for the entire human genome.

Not only was the human genome unbelievably simple it is only ten times more complicated than a bacteria , but embedded in the code were large fragments that were derived from viruses - fragments that were vital to evolution of all organisms and the evidence for a fourth and vital source of variation - viruses.

Virolution is the product of Dr Frank Ryan's decade of research at the frontiers of this new science - now called viral symbiosis - and the amazing revolution that it has had in these few years. As scientists begin to look for evidence of viral involvement in more and more processes, they have discovered that they are vital in nearly every case. And with this understanding comes the possibility of manipulating the role of the viruses to help fight a huge range of diseases.

Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart. One of these items is shipped sooner than the other. Show details. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. A Planet of Viruses. Michael B. Next page. Frank Ryan uses some beautiful examples to illustrate this idea. Worth reading. He is also an international best-selling writer. He pioneered the evolutionary concepts of 'viral symbiosis' and 'genomic creativity' and has contributed to the modern understanding of the evolution of the human genome.

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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. This book was way over my head. It's written for people in the field or similar fields that have some comprehensive knowledge of the scientific words he uses and ideas he expresses.

Some words were not in the dictionary or Wikipedia. However that said, once read you begin to understand how complex evolution is; "we evolved from monkeys" is not as simple as it sounds. Oh, how ignorant I am! How I envy those in their youth that are endeavoring to study any part of this science. My criticism is that scientists on this level need to reach down and write for me, the ordinary human. I don't need to grasp every concept in detail but I do wish after putting this book down I could explain what I read to a friend.

Please do a Virolution for dummies. I rated this book five stars because it added new dimensions to models of evolution that are paradigm making and astonishing. It states that the forces of evolution go well beyond neo-Darwinism. Evolutionary drivers now include: mutation traditional neo-Darwinism , genetic symbiogenesis, hybridogenesis, and epigenetics.

Ryan shows that traditional neo-Darwinism is not sufficient in explaining how all the variation we observe in nature came about. Ryan's thesis is well supported by his research and that of others and it is empirically based. He is finding global support as well. One of the more interesting subjects covered in the text shows that viruses have played a significant role in evolution. Large segments of viral genes have been found in human and other genome code fragments; viruses will co-evolve with their host under certain situations rather than destroy them.

This co-evolution symbiosis has historically contributed to the selection process and enhanced the survival of both the host and viruses and added creative variation to the gene pool of all life forms.

Part of our gene structure is due to viruses intrusion and subsequent symbiosis and are inheritable. This book is a fascinating read but the material can be a rough read without a college level course in introductory biology or some medical training such as an RN, but a highly motivated or scientifically minded individual can understand what is being said.

Well worth the read. Just like the mice controlling everything in "The I read Nick Long's books about the origin of life and the production of energy earlier and I was left wondering what role to viruses play in the big scheme of things. I was even curious enough to rent a virology text book to learn about viruses, but it didn't explain the end game for viruses. Just like the mice controlling everything in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" viruses have a role that is considerably bigger than their minute size.

For anyone who is interested in figuring out what is going on this book is a must. Point mutation, generally associated with Darwinian mutation, is interpreted as a DNA copying error.

Ryan's book highlights the fact that single point mutation would never have risen life beyond bacteria because it does not offer the potential for genome expansion. This book elaborates on the relevance for the evolution of life of Horizontal gene transfer as opposed to vertical transfer to offspring and hybridization.

Virolution, admittedly, for me is a difficult read. I'm on my third try. But it's no fault of the book. It's just challenging conceptually, but it is so interesting, really pretty amazing, that I keep trying to understand more of it. It will take most readers far beyond what they already know, but understanding how life and the supposed non-life of viruses is so complexly interwoven is worth the effort.

To think that we human mammals wouldn't be here if not for viruses is revolutionary. And humbling. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.

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The extraordinary role of viruses in evolution and how this is revolutionising biology and medicine. Darwin's theory of evolution is still the greatest breakthrough in biological science. His explanation of the role of natural selection in driving the evolution of life on earth depended on steady variation of living things over time - but he was unable to explain how this variation occurred. In the years since publication of the Origin of Species, we have discovered three main sources for this variation - mutation, hybridisation and epigenetics. Then on Sunday, 12th February, the evidence for perhaps the most extraordinary cause of variation was simultaneously released by two organisations - the code for the entire human genome. Not only was the human genome unbelievably simple it is only ten times more complicated than a bacteria , but embedded in the code were large fragments that were derived from viruses - fragments that were vital to evolution of all organisms and the evidence for a fourth and vital source of variation - viruses.

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