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Evolution in a Toxic World

How Life Responds to Chemical Threats

Island Press
With BPA in baby bottles, mercury in fish, and lead in computer
monitors, the world has become a toxic place. But as Emily Monosson
demonstrates in her groundbreaking new book, it has always been toxic.
When oxygen first developed in Earth's atmosphere, it threatened
the very existence of life: now we literally can't live without it.
According to Monosson, examining how life adapted to such early threats
can teach us a great deal about today's (and tomorrow's) most
dangerous contaminants. While the study of evolution has advanced many
other fields of science, from biology to medicine, toxicology has yet
to embrace this critical approach. In Evolution in a Toxic
, Monosson seeks to change that.
Emily Monosson is an environmental toxicologist,writer, and consultant. She is an adjunct professor at the Universityof Massachusetts, Amherst; associate editor of the Encyclopedia ofEarth; and the author of Motherhood the Elephant in theLaboratory: Women Scientists Speak Out.
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