Friends regard Michael Lynch of the Arizona State U’s Biodesign Institute as one of the most thoughtful evolutionary biologists currently in the field. He’s putting chapters of his new book, “The Origins of Cellular Architecture,” online free here:
We have taken on one of the last uncharted fields in evolution: integrating evolutionary biology with cell biology. This sequel to The Origins of Genome Architecture brings evolutionary theory to bear on a diversity of observations on the functional and structural features of cells.
Surprisingly, the details of many cellular traits seem not to be simple products of natural selection, and in some cases can only be explained by an ability of selection to universally make certain kinds of refinements. The chapters provided are freely available for use in evolutionary cell biology courses as well as for more general subject review. The Origins of Cellular Architecture” (draft)
From the opening of Chapter 1: “…a pervasive problem in biology is the religious adherence to the idea that natural selection is solely responsible for every feature of biological diversity.
Inspired by this way of thinking and digging no deeper, many molecular biologists start with the dubious assumption that natural selection is the only mechanism of evolution at the cellular level, often asserting that even the most blatantly deleterious features of organisms must actually have hidden favorable eﬀects.”
Thoughtful readers could correspond with him. There’s a lot of information out there to discuss.