The Tangled Tree
A Radical New History of LifeBook - 2018
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
Publisher: New York, NY :, Simon & Schuster,, 
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: 591.38 QU
Characteristics: xvi, 461 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm