Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Solid Answers

From a review of DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design, by Sean B. Carroll, Jennifer K. Grenier, and Scott D. Weatherbee; Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom, by Sean B. Carroll; and The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin's Dilemma, by Marc W. Kirschner and John C. Gerhart in the May 11 issue of the "New York Review of Books."

"We now have a far deeper understanding of evolution than even a decade ago. And although our knowledge is still incomplete, our new understanding, as the books under review admirably show, has opened the way toward a comprehensive account of evolution and has supplied solid answers to the critics of evolutionary theory, write Edward Ziff, a professor of Biochemistry at the NYU School of Medicine, and Israel Rosenfield, the author, most recently, of Freud's Megalomania.


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