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Evolution and society

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A fare share? (PDF 68KB)

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How do the media present evolution? (PDF 47KB)

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Social evolution - does Darwin have all the answers? (PDF 56KB)

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The language organism (PDF 47KB)

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How leaders emerge in groups (PDF 63KB)

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Complexity science and evolution (PDF 56KB)

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  How the process of evolution can be used to understand society.

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Humans affecting other species

The human species, Homo sapiens, has been incredibly successful and colonised much of the earth, from the freezing tundra to the tropical rainforests and the searing desert.

But what has this meant for the other species we share this planet with, and in turn what does that mean for us?

This topic explores some of the research that is trying to answer these, and other, questions.

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Will climate change drive evolution? (PDF 56KB)

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Evolution in the fast lane (PDF 48KB)

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Variety is the spice of life (PDF 104KB)

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Evolution - how far have we come? (PDF 75KB)

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Habitat loss (PDF 93KB)

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Natural cycles (PDF 73KB)

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Extinction - who's next? (PDF 71KB)

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The Gaia hypothesis (PDF 43KB)

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  Does human impact on other organisms matter?

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Directed Evolution

Like natural selection, in which the fittest individuals pass on their genes, so scientists are using artificial selection to direct evolution.

For millennia humankind has bred animals and plants to suit our needs, from corn and carnations to pigs and pit-bulls. Modern molecular biology techniques have allowed this principle to be taken forward. Now scientist can evolve individual genes in the lab to suit a particular task.

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Directed evolution - the basics (PDF 28KB)

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Evolution of Resistance

Often compared to the Cold War arms race, the evolution of competing organisms is a constant struggle for supremacy. Pathogens must constantly adapt to overcome their hosts and hosts must constantly change to resist the onslaught of diseases.

This topic explores how resistance has evolved and is evolving today.

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How resistance evolves (PDF 35KB)

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General

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What is a species? (PDF 62KB)

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