Broken Cogs or Strategic Agents?

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Science  28 Apr 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5773, pp. 530
DOI: 10.1126/science.1125754

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Genes in Conflict. The Biology of Selfish Genetic Elements. By Austin Burt and Robert Trivers. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2006. 620 pp. $35, £21.95. ISBN 0-674-01713-7.

The authors explore molecular, genetic, behavioral, and evolutionary aspects of selfish genetic elements--DNA that acts to advance its own replication at the expense of the larger organism.

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