1st Edition

Epigenetic Processes and Evolution of Life





ISBN 9780367780524
Published March 31, 2021 by CRC Press
240 Pages

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Book Description

The book covers the possible story of emergence of life and its subsequent evolution, emphasizing the necessary evolutionary step negotiation of a common "language set" which kept all inhabitants in the biosphere together, ensuring a basic level of understanding among them. The book focuses on "protocols of communication" (both genetic and epigenetic) representing norms shared and understood across the whole biosphere, enabling a plethora of holobiotic relationships. Cooperative nature of organismal evolution and epigenetic processes as a major force in evolution are also covered. Topics discussed are illustrated in detail on selected casuistics.

Table of Contents

Introduction





The Manifold of Prebiotic Evolution



Preconditions



Metabolism First



Replicators’ – Code first





Life from Nonlife: Establishing Rules and Codes



Proteins



‘Universal Cell’



Life Is



Pillars and itinerary of the biosphere



Biospheric games





Towards a New Manifold: The Biosphere



Dating Life’s Appearance



Origins: Biosphere LUCA



Reconstructing the Past, Making Sense of the Present





Concepts of Heredity and Theories of Evolution



Descent with Modification



J. B. Lamarck



After Lamarck: Organic Memory



Experimental Embryology



Units of Heredity



The Age of DNA



Modern Synthesis



Evolutionary Developmental Biology



Phylotypic Stage



Modularity



The Rise of Epigenetics



Phenotypic Plasticity



Organistic System Approach



The "Phenotype First" Approach



Niche Construction



Philosophical Approaches



Philosophical Turnoff on Causality





New Dimensions of Diversity



On Digital



Shaping DNA



Proteins



The Hairball



Targeted Epimutations



Combing the Shapes of Nucleic Acids



Protein Modularity



Unrooted in the Norm yet Faithful to It





 



 



Information Boom



Quorum Sensing



Signal Transduction



Chance, Necessity, and Gratuity



Processing and Responding



Simplexity





Morphogenesis



The Tradition of the New



Multicellularity



Phylotype again



Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance



Biased Mutations





Evolution by Cooperation: Communication between Different Lineages of Life



On Lichens, Squids, and Coral Bleaching



Protists



Intracellular Symbiosis in Multicellular Organisms



Mycorrhiza



Bacterial Consortia



Mimetic Rings





I, Holobiont



Human Holobiont



Variation in Microbiome Within Individuals



Colonization Determinants



Functions of Microbiome



Fecal Transplants



Holobiont as a Unit of Selection



Criticism





Life as interpretation



The Nine-Word Game



Species as Cultures



References





 



 



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Author(s)

Biography

Anton Markoš (1949), is a biologist at the Charles University in Prague, Czechia (department of philosophy and history of science). He works and teaches cell biology, theoretical and evolutionary biology. His books in English are Readers of the Book of Life (2002) and (with co-authors) Life as Its Own Designer (2009). Recently published papers include subjects such as in epigenetics, biosemiotics, language metaphor of life, and morphogenesis of bacterial colonies.





Jana Švorcová (1982) studied both philosophy and theoretical and evolutionary biology at Charles University, and currently works at the same department as Anton Markoš, her former supervisor. Švorcová teaches theoretical biology and publishes papers concerning non-genetic inheritance, evo-devo and philosophy of biology.