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Biological Periodicity: Its Molecular Mechanisms and Evolutionary Implications: Biological Periodicity: A Single-Volume Treatise

Edited By: A Lima-de-Faria

340 pages, Figs, tabs

JAI Press

Hardback | Dec 1995 | #52671 | ISBN: 1559384123
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Outline of biological periodicity - which links evolutionary biology, molecular cytogenetics, atomic organization of crystals, chemistry of the elements, and elemental particle physics. Periodic distribution of functions in living organisms is discussed at length.


Contents

Part 1 Periodic distribution of properties in chemical elements and minerals: periodicity in chemical elements; periodicity in minerals. Part 2 Periodic distributions of functions in living organisms: period flight; period vision; period placenta; period bioluminescence; period penis; period return to aquatic life; period placental-marsupial equivalence; period high mental ability. Part 3 How the order inherent in matter and energy paved the way to biological periodicity: the three evolutions that preceded the biological one. Part 4 The production of "carbon copies" at the different organization levels: atomic, molecular, and biological mimicry and its significances for periodicity; the collaboration between mineral and gene product; cellular processes inherited from the elementary particles and the chemical elements; the transfer of mineral order to the cell-cellular processes inherited from the minerals. Part 5 The contribution of differential reproduction and death to periodicity: chromosome behaviour is an internally regulated process; mutation is a directed process in bacteria and higher organisms. Part 6 The role of the development in the establishment of periodicity: development and evolution are two aspects of the same phenomenon; the onset of reproduction determines whether a development stage will be considered an evolutionary or an embryological event; the same larval type gives rise to different phyla; Larvae and adults of the same species are as different as animals belonging to distant groups; similarities between tunicae and vertebrate larvae; juvenile stages and the onset of reproduction in plants. Part 7 Relationship between the environment and periodicity: the ability of organisms to change with the environment is already present in minerals; genetic and the environment. Part 8 Structural periodicity - the ordered addition of components in atoms, molecules, and living organisms: ordered addition of components in atoms and molecules; ordered transformation in minerals; ordered transformation in plants; integration of components in invertebrates; addition of components in vertebrates. Part 9 Macromolecular and atomic mechanisms responsible for periodicity: the formation of new mosaic proteins and the sudden reappearance of old proteins; cascades of molecules and of gene activations are irrevocable events that produce integrated packages of structures and functions; the relationship between chemical and biological periodicity; a consequence of periodicity is the prediction of novel biological transformations.

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