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First Signals: The Evolution of Multicellular Development


By: John Tyler Bonner

146 pages, Bw illus, figs

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Feb 2001 | #118353 | ISBN: 0691070385
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Hardback | Dec 2000 | #118354 | ISBN: 0691070377
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Bonner studies slime molds in an attempt to seek a picture of the first elements of communication between cells. He discusses what has been learned by looking at their developmental biology, including recent advances in our molecular understanding of the process and generates insights into how cell-to-cell cooperation might have originated.

As with all of Bonner's books, the writing is crisp and clear, even elegant, in the apparent effortless simplicity in which he describes very complex issues ... Bonner again combines an appreciation and deep understanding of the past with a vision of and for the future. -- Brian K. Hall Evolution and Development Insightful aphorisms have been a ... feature of John Tyler Bonner's writing ... Half a century later, it's a delight to find him ... in fine form. -- Bernard Dixon New Scientist


Preface ix Chapter 1: Introduction 3 Chapter 2: From Embryology to Developmental Biology 9 Chapter 3: The Origin of Multicellularity 19 Chapter 4: Size and Evolution 49 Chapter 5: The Evolution of Signaling 63 Chapter 6: The Basic Elements of Multicellular Development 75 Chapter 7: Development in the Cellular Slime Molds 93 Chapter 8: Conclusion 131 Bibliography 135 Index 143

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John Tyler Bonner is George M. Moffett Professor of Biology Ementus at Princeton University. His many books include Sixty Years in Biology. Essays on Evolution and Development, Life Cycles: Reflections of on Evolutionary Biologist. The Evolution of Complexity by Means of Natural Selection, and The Evolution of Culture in Animals (all Princeton).

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