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The tangled tree : a radical new history of life, David Quammen

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The tangled tree : a radical new history of life
Title
The tangled tree
Title remainder
a radical new history of life
Statement of responsibility
David Quammen
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life's history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field--the study of life's diversity and relatedness at the molecular level--is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection--a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen, "one of that rare breed of science journalists who blends exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling" (Nature), chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them--such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about "mosaic" creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health. Quammen explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life--including where we humans fit upon it. Thanks to new technologies such as CRISPR, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition--through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. The Tangled Tree is a brilliant guide to our transformed understanding of evolution, of life's history, and of our own human nature."--Dust jacket
  • In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection-- a type of HGT. Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them. and explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life-- including where we humans fit upon it. And he shows that, thanks to new technologies, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition through sideways insertions. -- adapted from jacket
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DLC
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1948-
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Quammen, David
Dewey number
  • 591.3/8
  • 576.82
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QH367.5
LC item number
.Q36 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Phylogeny
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Genetics & Genomics
  • Phylogeny
Label
The tangled tree : a radical new history of life, David Quammen
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"August 2018"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-439) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Three surprises : an introduction -- Darwin's little sketch -- A separate form of life -- Mergers and acquisitions -- Big tree -- Infective heredity -- Topiary -- E pluribus human
Control code
1006812489
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xvi, 461 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781982107208
Lccn
2018004356
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028446264
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1006812489
Label
The tangled tree : a radical new history of life, David Quammen
Publication
Copyright
Note
"August 2018"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-439) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Three surprises : an introduction -- Darwin's little sketch -- A separate form of life -- Mergers and acquisitions -- Big tree -- Infective heredity -- Topiary -- E pluribus human
Control code
1006812489
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xvi, 461 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781982107208
Lccn
2018004356
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028446264
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1006812489

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