Genetics, Development, and Evolution

17th Stadler Genetics Symposium

  • J. Perry Gustafson
  • G. Ledyard Stebbins
  • Francisco J. Ayala

Part of the Stadler Genetics Symposia Series book series (SGSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. G. Ledyard Stebbins
    Pages 29-46
  3. Edward J. Klekowski Jr., Hans Mohr, Nina Kazarinova-Fukshansky
    Pages 79-113
  4. Virginia Walbot, Catherine P. Briggs, Vicki Chandler
    Pages 115-142
  5. C. A. Cullis
    Pages 143-155
  6. Antonio Garcia-Bellido
    Pages 187-209
  7. Joe Cappello, Stephen M. Cohen, Karl Handelsman, Harvey F. Lodish
    Pages 235-251
  8. Roy J. Britten
    Pages 289-306
  9. Lee Ratner, Robert C. Gallo
    Pages 307-342
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 355-361

About this book


One outstanding question in biology is the problem of devel­ opment: how the genetic instructions encoded in the DNA become expressed in the morphological, physiological, and behavioral features of multicellular organisms, through an ordered sequence of events that extend from the first cell division of the zygote to the adult stage and eventual death. The problem is how a one­ dimensional array of instructions is transformed into a four­ dimensional entity, the organism that exists in space and time. Understanding this transformation is, nevertheless, necessary for mastering the process of evolution. One hundred and twenty-five years after The Origin of Species, we have gained some understanding of evolution at the genetic level. Genetic information is stored in the linear sequence of nucleotides in the DNA. Gene mutations, chromosomal reorganiza­ tions, and a host of related processes introduce variation in the sequence and the amount of DNA. The fate of these variations is determined by interactions within the genome and with the outside environment that are largely understood. We have recently gained a glimpse of how the genome of eukaryotes is organized and will learn much more about it in the future, now that we have the research tools for it.


DNA cell division chromosome genes genetics

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Perry Gustafson
    • 1
  • G. Ledyard Stebbins
    • 2
  • Francisco J. Ayala
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.University of California, DavisDavisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-5139-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-5137-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-1009
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