Jan Sapp

in Genesis

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156195
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790340 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the concept of symbiosis. Although the bacteria living in our bodies have recently begun to attract some medical interest, for most of the 20th century symbiosis research had developed close to the margins of the life sciences and in virtual conflict with the aims and doctrines of the major biological disciplines, as well as with medical concepts of germs. Symbiosis continues to be strikingly absent from all the standard histories and treatises on evolutionary biology. To gain a better understanding of this aspect of biology, this chapter briefly sketches some of the phenomena, issues, and debates that have shaped attitudes about its scope and significance.

Keywords: mitochondria; phylogenetics; gene transfer; symbiosis

Chapter.  8482 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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