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No. of pages:704 pages
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Evolutionary Cell Biology

The Origins of Cellular Architecture
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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Short description:

Establishes the foundations of the emerging field of evolutionary cell biology, providing a deep and broad coverage of the literature, with many ideas synthesised and presented for the first time.

Long description:
The fields of molecular evolution, genome evolution, and evolutionary genetics are now well-established. Remarkably, however, although all evolutionary modifications begin at the cellular level, and despite the advances made in cell biology and microbiology over the past few decades, there is as yet no recognised discipline of evolutionary cell biology. The goal of this book is to help establish the foundations for this emerging field. Its principal aims are twofold: firstly, to promote an understanding among evolutionary biologists as to why the cellular details matter if we are to understand the mechanisms of evolution; secondly, to make clear to non-evolutionary biologists - cell biologists in particular - that evolution is not just a matter of natural selection and optimization, but a process whose reach depends on other population genetic features such as mutation, recombination, and random genetic drift.

Although there are many excellent books on cell biology, microbiology, and biophysics, almost no attention is given to evolution. Likewise, although there are numerous evolutionary biology books on the market, none of them gives more than passing attention to details at the cellular level. Thus Evolutionary Cell Biology is genuinely novel, offering a broader understanding of evolutionary processes and an appreciation for the many interesting problems that remain to be solved at the cellular and subcellular levels.

This advanced textbook is aimed at both cell biologists and evolutionary biologists. It will be accessible to upper-level undergraduates in biology, and certainly to graduate students in all areas of the life sciences. Professionals from a wide range of fields - cell biology, microbiology, evolution, biophysics, biochemistry, and mathematics - will be exposed to entirely new ideas not traditionally covered in their primary fields of expertise.
Table of Contents:
Evolutionary Cell Biology
The Origin of Cells
The Major Lines of Descent
The Population-genetic Environment
Evolution as a Population-genetic Process
Evolution of Cellular Complexity
The Cellular Environment
Evolutionary Scaling Laws in Cell Biology
Cell Growth and Division
The Cell Life Cycle
Cellular Senescence
The Protein World
Protein Management
Lipids and Membranes
Cytoskeleton, Cell Shape, and Motility
The Costs of Cellular Features
Resource Acquisition and Homeostasis
Enzymes and Metabolic Pathways
Intracellular Errors
Intracellular Communication: Transcription
Environmental Sensing and Extracellular Communication
Origins of Organismal Complexity