Genetics, Evolution and Radiation

Crossing Borders, The Interdisciplinary Legacy of Nikolay W. Timofeeff-Ressovsky

  • Victoria L. Korogodina
  • Carmel E Mothersill
  • Sergey G. Inge-Vechtomov
  • Colin B. Seymour

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. N.W. Timofeeff-Ressovsky: Science Without Borders

  3. Genetic Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Sergey G. Inge-Vechtomov
      Pages 41-54
    3. Youri I. Pavlov, Artem G. Lada, Corinn Grabow, Elena I. Stepchenkova
      Pages 55-76
    4. Aleksander A. Rubel, Alsu F. Saifitdinova, Nina V. Romanova
      Pages 85-105
    5. Vladimir Shumny, Elena Khlestkina, Irina Leonova, Elena Salina
      Pages 107-120
    6. Natalia Koltovaya
      Pages 125-138
  4. Radiobiology Effects and Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Victoria L. Korogodina, Elena B. Grigorkina, Ludmila P. Osipova
      Pages 153-167
    3. Oleg V. Belov, Marina S. Panina, Munkhbaatar Batmunkh, Nasser Sweilam
      Pages 169-174
    4. Aleksandr Bugay, Maria Vasilyeva, Aleksandr Parkhomenko, Evgeny Krasavin
      Pages 175-185
    5. Helmut Abel, Gudrun Erzgräber
      Pages 187-191
    6. Boris P. Surinov, Valentina G. Isaeva, Natalia N. Dukhova, Andrey D. Kaprin
      Pages 193-203
  5. Radiation in Ecological Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Stanislav A. Geras’kin, Rudolf M. Alexakhin, Alla A. Oudalova
      Pages 237-250
    3. Timothy A. Mousseau, Anders P. Møller
      Pages 251-266
    4. Elena V. Antonova, Vera N. Pozolotina, Elina M. Karimullina
      Pages 267-275
    5. Dmitri Gudkov, Natalia Shevtsova, Natalia Pomortseva, Elena Dzyubenko, Andrian Yavnyuk, Alexander Kaglyan et al.
      Pages 287-302
    6. Garnik E. Khachatryan, Valeriy B. Arakelyan, Nvard V. Simonyan, Nina I. Mkrtchyan, Tsovak M. Avakyan, Konstantin I. Pyuskyulyan
      Pages 315-328
    7. Yury Kutlakhmedov, Gennady Polikarpov, Vladimir Korogodin
      Pages 337-343
  6. Radiation and Man

  7. Laws of Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 411-411
    2. Eugene V. Koonin
      Pages 413-440
    3. Igor A. Tikhonovich, Evgeny E. Andronov, Nikolai A. Provorov
      Pages 441-454
    4. Ludmila N. Trut, Yury E. Herbek, Oleg V. Trapezov, Sergey A. Lashin, Yury G. Matushkin, Arcady L. Markel et al.
      Pages 455-477
    5. Andrew Garazha, Maria Suntsova, Anton Buzdin
      Pages 479-485
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 519-558

About this book


This book is dedicated to the great scientist and outstanding individual Nikolay Wladimirovich Timofeeff-Ressovsky. The book brings together a number of brief stories/essays about Timofeeff-Ressovsky including “Stories told by himself”, and scientific chapters addressing his major research areas: genetics, radiobiology, radiation ecology and epidemiology, and evolution. Timofeeff-Ressovsky contributed to several fields of biology and established new directions of scientific research. He often repeated the phrase, which would later become famous: “Science should not be approached with the ferocity of wild animals”. In keeping with that philosophy, the issues discussed here are still open. 

Each scientific part starts with a current review; the chapters present leading scientific schools and views. The main theme discussed in the genetics part is mutation variability in the context of linear (replication, transcription, translation) and conformational template processes, and its dependence on phylogenetic group. In turn, the radiobiology chapters focus on the reorganization of DNA, cell, and population variability under low-dose irradiation, sparking indirect processes and adaptive response. The radiation ecology and epidemiology parts present data on the consequences of nuclear plants and related accidents for ecological systems and human beings. Here some approaches to estimating radiation risks are also offered. Evolution laws are demonstrated in the genomic universe, plant-microbe symbiosis, stabilizing and destabilizing (directional) selection. The last essay demonstrates the principles of organization operating in local animal populations, which are approached as social organisms of complex systemic nature.

The chapter 'Radiation-Induced Aging and Genetic Instability of Mesenchymal Stem Cells: An Issue for Late Health Effects?' is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.


Nikolay W. Timofeeff-Ressovsky Genetic Processes Radiobiology Mechanisms Radiation Ecology and Episemiology Evolution Laws Mutation

Editors and affiliations

  • Victoria L. Korogodina
    • 1
  • Carmel E Mothersill
    • 2
  • Sergey G. Inge-Vechtomov
    • 3
  • Colin B. Seymour
    • 4
  1. 1.Joint Institute for Nuclear ResearchDubna, Moscow RegionRussia
  2. 2.Department of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation SciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.Genetics and BiotechnologySt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  4. 4.Department of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation SciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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