Microbial Phylogeny and Evolution: Concepts and Controversies

Hardcover | February 16, 2005

EditorJan Sapp

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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, oftenwith markedly varied viewpoints: DT Did the eukaryotic nucleus, cytoskeleton and cilia also orginate from symbiosis? DT Do the current scenarios about he origin of mitochondria and plastids require revision? DT What is the extent of lateral gene transfer (between "species") among bacteria? DT Does the rDNA phylogenetic tree still stand in the age of genomics? DT Is the course of the first 3 billion years of evolution even knowable?

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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, oftenwith markedly varied viewpoints: DT Did the...

Jay Sapp is Professor of History of the Biological Sciences, Department of Biology, York University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:February 16, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Joshua Lederberg: Forward1. Jan Sapp: The Bacterium's Place in Nature2. Norman R. Pace: The Large Scale Structure of the Tree of Life3. Wolfgang Ludwig and Karl-Heinz Schleifer: The Molecular Phylogeny of Bacteria Based on Conserved Genes4. Carl Woese: Evolving Biological Organization5. W. Ford Doolittle: If The Tree of Life Fell, Would it Make a Sound?6. William Martin: Woe is the Tree of Life7. Harold J. Morowitz, Daniel Broyles, and Howard Lasus: The Robustness of Intermediary Metabolism8. Radhey Gupta: Molecular Sequences and the Early History of Life9. James Lake, Jonathan E. Moore, Anne Simonson, and Maria C. Rivera: Fulfilling Darwin's Dream10. C.G. Kurland: Paradigm Lost11. Michael W. Gray: Contemporary Issues in Mitochondrial Origins and Evolution12. John M. Archibald and Patrick J. Keeling: On the Origin and Evolution of Plastids13. Hannah Melnitsky, Frederick A. Rainey, and Lynn Margulis: The Karymastigont Model of Eukaryosis14. Michael F. Dolan: The Missing Piece: The Microtubole Cytoskeleton and the Origin of Eukaryotes15. John H. Werren: Heritable Microorganisms and Reproductive ParasitismIndex

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"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 thesignificance 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 andauthoritatively."--Sir David Smith, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Society of London