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In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life's Building Blocks

Franklin M. Harold


The discovery of how the machinery of life works, and how it is constructed, is one of the glories of 20th century science. By contrast, we know little of the origin and evolution of cells and their parts, and what we have learned is in dispute. This book surveys ongoing efforts to make cell evolution intelligible. The text revolves around a small set of fundamental questions: 1. How many kinds of cellular designs does our world hold, and how are they related? 2. Is the traditional metaphor of a tree of life still useful, or has it been superseded? 3. What are viruses, and how are they rel ... More

Keywords: cell evolution, origin of life, eukaryotes, prokaryotes, tree of life, biological organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226174143
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226174310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Franklin M. Harold, author
University of California, Berkeley