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About this book
About this book
Presents a history of the past two centuries of biology, and covers the early evolutionary biologists such as Lamarck, Cuvier, Darwin, Wallace etc, through Mayr and the neo-Darwinian synthesis. What is novel about Sapp's account is a real integration of the cytological tradition, from Schwann, Boveri, and the other early cell biologists and embryologists, and the coverage of symbiosis, microbial evolutionary phylogenies, and the new understanding of the diversification of life coming from comparative analyses of complete microbial genomes.
Acknowledgements; Preface; Part I; 1. Evolution and Revolution; 2. The Origin; 3. Darwin's Champions; 4. Darwinism and Socio-political Thought; 5. Mutualism; 6. Dissent from Darwin; Part II; 7. The Myth of Cell Theory; 8. The Body Politic; 9. Evolving Embryology; 10. The Egg; Part III; 11. Mendel Redux; 12. Emerging Genetics; 13. Darwinian Renaissance; 14. Genes, Germs, and Enzymes; 15. Genetic Heresy; Part IV; 16. Conceiving a Master Molecule; 17. Beyond the Genome; 18. Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny; 19. Symbiomics; 20. The Evolution of Relationships; Epilogue; Notes
364 pages, no illustrations
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