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Sex Wars: Genes, Bacteria, and Biased Sex Ratios

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"Majerus's account is rich in examples from newly published studies and offers an excellent introduction to a rapidly developing discipline."--John Bonner, NewScientist

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"This book makes an excellent introduction to one of the best understood areas in the evolution of selfish elements: sex ratio distortion. It is an extremely useful contribution to the field and a pleasure to read. The range of examples given is excellent. As I read, I often found myself saying 'wow' in response to yet another extremely interesting example."--Stuart West, University of Edinburgh

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691009813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691009810
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,710,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. C on July 18, 2007
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A fascinating read! I was given this title as an introduction to the field of parthenogenesis and sex ratio distortion, before starting a postdoc in the field. However, it is suitable, I believe, for a lay audience moderately educated in biology. (More specifically, you will probably need to have taken and understood a college-level basic biology course in order to be able to read and enjoy this book.) It delves into the questions of why sex exists, why most (but not all) species have males, and the evolutionary roots of equal numbers of males and females in most populations. It also opens up the world of sex-ratio distorting endosymbionts and the "arms race" between the endosymbionts (trying to move towards an all female strain to maximize their transmission to the next generation) and the hosts (trying to achieve a stable male-female sex ratio). The book is well written and full of astonishing examples, making it an entertaining read as well as a solid introduction to the dynamic and often "stranger than fiction" ecology of sex.
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