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Steve Jones (biologist)

Steve Jones, (born March 24, 1944) is a professor of genetics and head of the biology department at University College London. His studies are conducted in the Galton laboratory. He is also a television presenter and a prize-winning author on the subject of biology, especially evolution. He is one of the best known contemporary popular writers on evolution. His popular writing shows a wry, sometimes rather dark, sense of humour. In 1996 his writing won him the Royal Society Michael Faraday prize "for his numerous, wide ranging contributions to the public understanding of science in areas such as human evolution and variation, race, sex, inherited disease and genetic manipulation through his many broadcasts on radio and television, his lectures, popular science books, and his regular science column in The Daily Telegraph and contributions to other newspaper media".

Jones was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, and has degrees from the University of Edinburgh and University of Chicago. Much of his research has been concerned with snails and the light their anatomy can shed on biodiversity and genetics. His book In the Blood explores, confirms and debunks some commonly held beliefs about inheritance and genetics. Topics explored include issues as diverse as "lost tribes", European royal families, and haemophilia.

Professor Jones is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association. He was awarded the second Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year by the National Secular Society on 7 October 2006. In two separate radio interviews, on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 and again on BBC Five Live on 7th October 2008, Professor Jones claimed that the human race had stopped evolving. His view that in humans " Natural selection has to some extent been repealed" dates back at least to 1995. His views are largely based on his claim that reduced juvenile mortality, decreasing age of fathers and greater interconnectedness of populations in Western societies reduce evolution. Both the data supporting these assertions and his views of the way these factors influence evolution in populations have been extensively criticised by other academics however.

Views on creationism

Jones has stated that creationism is "anti-science" and criticised creationists such as Ken Ham. Jones suggested in a BBC Radio Ulster interview in 2006 that Creationists should be disallowed from being medical doctors because "all of its (Creationism's) claims fly in the face of the whole of science" and he further claimed that no serious biologist can believe in biblical creation.

Bibliography

Books by Steve Jones

Articles by Steve Jones

Articles about Steve Jones

Television

Steve Jones presented In the Blood, a six-part TV series on human genetics first broadcast in 1996, see book of same name in bibliography.

Quotation

  • "Evolution is inevitable. It depends on mistakes in reproduction."
  • "... the key to evolution, design without a designer: the preservation of favorable variations and rejection of those injurious."

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