The Dictyostelia are soil amoebae capable of extraordinary feats of survival, motility, chemotaxis, and development. Known as the "social amoebae," these organisms have been the subjects of serious study since the 1930s. Research in this area has been instrumental in shaping general views of differentiation, morphogenesis, and communication. Beginning with the history of Dictyostelids, this book considers the problems of the evolution of this multicellular organism. Characterized by its ability to transform from a single-celled organism into an elaborate assemblage of thousands of synchronously-moving cells, each stage of its development is treated in a separate chapter. The special properties of the Dictyostelid genome are rigorously analyzed, and the methods available to manipulate genes are presented in detail. Research techniques that enable many cell biology problems to be approached in studying the organism are also presented. Throughout, the emphasis is on combining classical experiments with modern molecular findings.
'... a beautiful balance between the well understood and the relatively unexplored ... it offers so much in such a tiny volume. I thoroughly recommend it.' P. R. Fisher, Soil Biology and Biochemistry '... a major achievement and will serve the field well for several years to come.' Jeffrey Williams, Trends in Genetics '... an excellent and up-to-date summary of how social amoebae do it, and is bristling with fascinating biological answers and questions.' John A. Lee, Geologist 'This book is an excellent and up-to-date summary of how social amoebae do it, and is bristling with fascinating biological answers and questions.' Biologist '... well organized and superbly presented ... easy to read and very accessible to the newcomer to the field ... the time is certainly right for a book to introduce this organism and its research to a wider audience. This is the ideal book.' Peter A. Thomason, Nature Cell Biology 'This will be the key reference work on this fascinating genus for decades, and a 'must' not only for developmental biologists but also the many mycologists who continue to dabble in and be fascinated by slime moulds.' Mycol. Research
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