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Evolutionary Biology : Exobiology and Evolutionary Mechanisms.

Author: Pierre Pontarotti
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer, 2013.
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This book presents 19 selected contributions to the 16th Evolutionary Biology Meeting, which took place in September 2012 in Marseilles. The aims of these annual meetings, which gather together leading evolutionary biologists and other scientists, are to promote the exchange of ideas and to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations. The first chapter deals with the history of a great discovery: The first  Read more...
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Pontarotti, Pierre.
Evolutionary Biology : Exobiology and Evolutionary Mechanisms.
Dordrecht : Springer, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Pontarotti
ISBN: 9783642382123 3642382126
OCLC Number: 854976179
Notes: 7.4.1 Where Does Life Come From?
Description: 1 online resource (294 pages)
Contents: Preface; Contents; Part I History of Great Discoveries; 1 The First Experiments on Ascidian and Sea Urchin Eggs Fertilization; Abstract; 1.1 ... Introduction; 1.2 ... Traveling from the North to the Mediterranean Sea; 1.3 ... The Embryos of Sea Urchins and the Cell Theory; Acknowledgments; References; Part II Evolutionary Biology Concepts; 2 Ontic Openness as Key Factor in the Evolution of Biological Systems; Abstract; 2.1 ... Introduction; 2.2 ... Elsasser and Ontic Openness; 2.3 ... Ontic Openness and Evolutionary Phase Space(s); 2.4 ... Ontic Openness and Levels of Hierarchyhierarchy; 2.4.1 Macromolecules. 2.4.2 Cells2.4.3 Organs; 2.4.4 Individuals; 2.4.5 Population; 2.4.6 Communities; 2.4.7 Ecosystems; 2.5 ... Subconclusion; 2.6 ... Discussion; References; 3 Effects of Epistasis and Pleiotropy on Fitness Landscapes; Abstract; 3.1 ... Introduction; 3.2 ... NK ModelNK Model; 3.3 ... Results; 3.4 ... Discussion; 3.4.1 Epistasis Causes Fitness Landscape Ruggedness; 3.4.2 Future Directions; References; Part III Exobiology and the Origin of Life; 4 The Origin of Life, Evolution, and Functional Organization; Abstract; 4.1 ... Introduction; 4.2 ... A Formal Framework of Autocatalytic Sets; 4.2.1 Chemical Reaction Systems. 4.2.2 Autocatalytic Sets4.3 ... The Emergence and Evolution of Autocatalytic Sets; 4.3.1 The Probability of Autocatalytic Sets; 4.3.2 The Structure of Autocatalytic Sets; 4.3.3 The Dynamics of Autocatalytic Sets; 4.3.4 The Importance of Autocatalytic Sets; 4.4 ... A Generalized Theory of Autocatalytic Sets; Acknowledgments; References; 5 Interactions of Clay Minerals with RNA Components; Abstract; 5.1 ... Introduction; 5.2 ... Clay Minerals: Structures and Surface Properties; 5.3 ... Nucleic Acid BasesNucleic Acid Bases; 5.4 ... NucleosidesNucleosides; 5.5 ... NucleotidesNucleotides. 5.6 ... Polynucleotides and Nucleic Acids5.7 ... Clay-Catalyzed Oligomerization and Polymerization of Nucleotides; 5.8 ... Concluding Remarks; References; 6 Bottom --
Up Protocell Design: Gaining Insights in the Emergence of Complex Functions; Abstract; 6.1 ... Introduction; 6.2 ... Protocell Designs; 6.2.1 Classical Enclosed Models; 6.2.2 Other Models; 6.2.3 Interfacial Model; 6.3 ... Components of the Proposed Interfacial Protocell; 6.3.1 Container and Reaction Networks; 6.3.2 Information Component; 6.3.3 Expected Interactions; 6.3.4 Environment and Energy Uptake; 6.4 ... Emergent Properties and Evolution. 6.5 ... ConclusionsAcknowledgments; References; 7 From Life to Exolife: The Interdependence of Astrobiology and Evolutionary Biology; Abstract; 7.1 ... Introduction; 7.2 ... The Link Between Evolutionary Biology and AstrobiologyAstrobiology; 7.3 ... How Does Life on Earth Inform the Search for Life Beyond Earth?; 7.3.1 Habitable Environments; 7.3.2 The Limits of Life; 7.3.2.1 Physical Limits; 7.3.2.2 Temporal Limits; 7.3.3 Informed Speculations About Life Beyond Earth; 7.3.4 An Example: Extraterrestrial Photosynthesis; 7.4 ... How Does the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Benefit Evolutionary Biology?

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This book presents 19 selected contributions to the 16th Evolutionary Biology Meeting, which took place in September 2012 in Marseilles. The aims of these annual meetings, which gather together leading evolutionary biologists and other scientists, are to promote the exchange of ideas and to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations. The first chapter deals with the history of a great discovery: The first experiments on ascidian and sea urchin egg fertilization. The remaining contributions are grouped under the following categories:· Evolutionary biology concepts· Exobiology and th.

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