Lecture02 - BioNB 2210: Lecture 02 Aug. 26, 2011 Lecture...

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BioNB 2210: Lecture 02 Aug. 26, 2011 Lecture 02: Levels of Selection Professor Thomas Seeley Learning Objectives 1. To understand why it is correct, and extremely useful, to view each behavior (or other feature) of an organism as something that evolved for the good of the genes that underlie the organism ʼ s behavior. 2. To learn at least one example (e.g. meiotic drive in fruit flies, sterile workers in ants, …) that illustrates the need to adopt a gene-centered (selfish gene) view of the natural world if we want to understand how it evolved. 3. To learn about the concepts of replicators and vehicles, in order to understand the fundamental difference between genes (the ultimate units of evolution) and all the creatures that we see in the natural world (the survival machinery of the genes). 1. Introduction The central idea of today's lecture: we can better understand how the behavior and other traits of animals (and plants) have evolved if we shift from thinking about the survival and reproduction of
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course BIONB 2210 taught by Professor Seeley during the Fall '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Lecture02 - BioNB 2210: Lecture 02 Aug. 26, 2011 Lecture...

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