The discoveries of stress-induced mutation and epigenetic inheritance have challenged the claim of independence between the evolutionary forces of mutation and selection. In “Stress-Induced Mutagenesis”, leading experts provide the key evidence for and the molecular details of stress-induced genetic and epigenetic mutation, integrating cross-disciplinary observations from a number of species and biological systems, including human. The observations have vast implications for evolutionary biology but also for human medicine. A comprehensive understanding of stress-induced mutagenesis and the processes underlying evolvability, will enable gains in the treatment and management of cancer, as well as other human disorders that result from damaged or unstable genomes.
Covers pathways of stress-induced mutagenesis in all systems Serves a wide audience Examines changed ideas about mutation and evolution