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Microbial Phylogeny and Evolution : Concepts and Controversies - Jan Sapp

Microbial Phylogeny and Evolution

Concepts and Controversies

By: Jan Sapp (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 2005
ISBN: 9780195168778
Number Of Pages: 348

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The birth of bacterial genomics since the mid-1990s brought withit several conceptual modifications and wholly new controversies. Working beyond the scope of the neo-Darwinian evolutionary synthesis, a group of leading microbial evolutionists addresses the following and related issues, often with markedly varied viewpoints:
A- Did the eukaryotic nucleus, cytoskeleton and cilia also orginate from symbiosis?
A- Do the current scenarios about he origin of mitochondria and plastids require revision?
A- What is the extent of lateral gene transfer (between "species") among bacteria?
A- Does the rDNA phylogenetic tree still stand in the age of genomics?
A- Is the course of the first 3 billion years of evolution even knowable?

"This book will leave readers in no doubt that there has never been a more breathless and exciting time to be an evolutionary biologist, and that microbes have rightfully taken center stage."--Edward Feil, The Quarterly Review of Biology" "This volume is timely, interesting, and important. Dr. Sapp has gathered a group of authors that includies the best in the field of microbial evolution. ... Any scientist interested in the origin and evolution of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells will want to peruse this book."--Nicholas Gillham, J.B. Duke Professor of Biology Emeritus, Duke University "This book has two great advantages. First, it sets out why the subject of bacterial evolution has become of central importance to considerations of the origins of living organisms and of a variety of their cell and molecular mechanisms. Second, it sets out the contrasting viewpoints on the significance of recent research with unique coherence. The 21st century will see the continuing emergence of radical new ideas on the evolution and interrelationships of living organisms. No other book sets out the currect situation and possible future developments so clearly and authoritatively."--Sir David Smith, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Society of London "Microbial Phylogeny and Evolution: Concepts and Controversies" is a fascinating read if you are interested in how science proceeds and how the process is influenced by the personalities of the key individuals in the field."--Systemic Biology "This volume is timely, interesting, and important. Dr. Sapp has gathered a group of authors that includies the best in the field of microbial evolution. ... Any scientist interested in the origin and evolution of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells will want to peruse this book."--Nicholas Gillham, J.B. Duke Professor of Biology Emeritus, Duke University "This book has two great advantages. First, it sets out why the subject of bacterial evolution has become of central importance to considerations of the origins of living organisms and of a variety of their cell and molecular mechanisms. Second, it sets out the contrasting viewpoints on the significance of recent research with unique coherence. The 21st century will see the continuing emergence of radical new ideas on the evolution and interrelationships of living organisms. No other book sets out the currect situation and possible future developments so clearly and authoritatively."--Sir David Smith, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Society of London

Joshua Lederberg: Forward 1: Jan Sapp: The Bacterium's Place in Nature 2: Norman R. Pace: The Large Scale Structure of the Tree of Life 3: Wolfgang Ludwig and Karl-Heinz Schleifer: The Molecular Phylogeny of Bacteria Based on Conserved Genes 4: Carl Woese: Evolving Biological Organization 5: W. Ford Doolittle: If The Tree of Life Fell, Would it Make a Sound? 6: William Martin: Woe is the Tree of Life 7: Harold J. Morowitz, Daniel Broyles, and Howard Lasus: The Robustness of Intermediary Metabolism 8: Radhey Gupta: Molecular Sequences and the Early History of Life 9: James Lake, Jonathan E. Moore, Anne Simonson, and Maria C. Rivera: Fulfilling Darwin's Dream 10: C.G. Kurland: Paradigm Lost 11: Michael W. Gray: Contemporary Issues in Mitochondrial Origins and Evolution 12: John M. Archibald and Patrick J. Keeling: On the Origin and Evolution of Plastids 13: Hannah Melnitsky, Frederick A. Rainey, and Lynn Margulis: The Karymastigont Model of Eukaryosis 14: Michael F. Dolan: The Missing Piece: The Microtubole Cytoskeleton and the Origin of Eukaryotes 15: John H. Werren: Heritable Microorganisms and Reproductive Parasitism Index

ISBN: 9780195168778
ISBN-10: 0195168771
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 31st January 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.32