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The tangled tree : a radical new history of life

Author: David Quammen
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2019. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Simon & Schuster paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field -- the study of life's diversity and relatedness at the molecular level -- is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important; we now know that roughly eight percent of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Carl R Woese; Lynn Margulis; Carl R Woese; Lynn Margulis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Quammen
ISBN: 9781476776620 1476776628 9781476776637 1476776636
OCLC Number: 1056746136
Description: xviii, 461 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Three surprises : an introduction --
Darwin's little sketch --
A separate form of life --
Mergers and acquisitions --
Big tree --
Infective heredity --
Topiary --
E pluribus human.
Other Titles: Radical new history of life
Responsibility: David Quammen.

Abstract:

"In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field -- the study of life's diversity and relatedness at the molecular level -- is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important; we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived sideways by viral infection--a type of HGT."--Amazon.com.

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