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The Universal Tree of Life: Where to Place Microbes from Hell and Their Viruses?

Patrick Forterre

in Microbes from Hell

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226265827
eISBN:
9780226265964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265964.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Microbiology

This chapter starts with a vivid description of the Crafoord prize 2003 ceremony in Stockholm when Carl Woese was honoured. The experiments that led to his discovery of archaea are described, with ... More


A Bit of History: Microbes and Humans

Patrick Forterre

in Microbes from Hell

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226265827
eISBN:
9780226265964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265964.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Microbiology

This chapter starts summarizing how our conception of the living world classification evolved. The concepts of microbes, cells, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and viruses are briefly presented and the ... More


The Tree of Life: Universal Phylogeny and Its Discontents

Franklin M. Harold

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226174143
eISBN:
9780226174310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226174310.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

The idea that all living things arose from their progenitors by descent with modification, and that this history can be depicted as a great tree, goes back to Darwin and beyond. Construction of a ... More


Microbes from Hell

Patrick Forterre

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226265827
eISBN:
9780226265964
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265964.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Microbiology

The book “Microbes from Hell” is both an historical report of the discovery of hyperthermophiles and a personal recollection by the author of his own work on these microorganisms. The molecular ... More


Histories for Systems

Clifford Siskin

in System: The Shaping of Modern Knowledge

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262035316
eISBN:
9780262336345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035316.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

History is a genre consisting historically of different kinds with different functions. Instead of just writing “a history” of system, we need to recover the changing relationship between these two ... More


Integrating Chemistry, Geology, and Life’s Origin Coauthored with Bruce Damer

David W. Deamer

in Assembling Life: How Can Life Begin on Earth and Other Habitable Planets?

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190646387
eISBN:
9780197559741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190646387.003.0015
Subject:
Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

Chapter 8 recalled John Platt’s recommendation that testing alternative hypotheses is a preferred way to perform research rather than focusing on a single hypothesis. Karl Popper proposed an ... More


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