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Gonorrhea. Bed bugs. Weeds. Salamanders. People. All are evolving, some surprisingly rapidly, in response to our chemical age. In Unnatural Selection, Emily Monosson shows how our drugs, pesticides, and pollution are exerting intense selection pressure on all manner of species. And we humans might not like the result. Monosson reveals that the very code of life is more fluid than once imagined. When our powerful chemicals put the pressure on to evolve or die, beneficial traits can sweep rapidly through a population. Species with explosive population growth—the bugs, bacteria, and weeds—tend to thrive, while bigger, slower-to-reproduce creatures, like ourselves, are more likely to succumb. Unnatural Selection is eye-opening and more than a little disquieting. But it also suggests how we might lessen our impact: manage pests without creating super bugs; protect individuals from disease without inviting epidemics; and benefit from technology without threatening the health of our children.

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Frontmatter

Introduction: Life-Changing Chemicals

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Introduction. Life-Changing Chemicals

Emily Monosson

Unnatural Selection in a Natural World

Frontmatter

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Chapter 1. Discovery: Antibiotics and the Rise of the Superbug

Emily Monosson

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Chapter 2. Prevention: Searching for a Universal Vaccine

Emily Monosson

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Chapter 3. Treatment: Beyond Chemotherapy

Emily Monosson

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Chapter 4. Defiance: Rounding Up Resistance

Emily Monosson

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Chapter 5. Resurgence: Bedbugs Bite Back

Emily Monosson

Natural Selection in an Unnatural World

Frontmatter

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Chapter 6. Release: Toxics in the Wild

Emily Monosson

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Chapter 7. Evolution: It’s Humanly Possible

Emily Monosson

Beyond Selection

Frontmatter

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Chapter 8. Epigenetics: Epilogue or Prologue?

Emily Monosson

Backmatter

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