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James Shapiro: Evolution: a view from the 21st century

FT Press Science, New Jersey, USA 2011, ISBN-13:978-0-13-278093-3
  • Eva Bezak
Book Review

About the author

Dr James Shapiro is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Chicago. Shapiro completed a BA in English literature from Harvard (1964) and a PhD in Genetics from Cambridge (1968). As a bacterial geneticist, he specializes in studies of mobile genetic elements in bacteria. As a matter of fact, in his PhD thesis he had already made first suggestions about the so-called transposable elements (mobile pieces of genetic material that can insert at new locations on chromosomes, also referred to as “jumping genes”) in bacteria.1 He is also an evolutionist and the founder of the concept of Natural Genetic Engine. For his research achievements he has been awarded many prizes and appointments including the Darwin Prize, University of Edinburgh (1993), Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (1993), Foundation for Microbiology Lecturer of American Society for Microbiology (1994–1996).

About the book

According to Shapiro, “the past five decades of research in genetics and...

Copyright information

© Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical PhysicsRoyal Adelaide HospitalAdelaideAustralia

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