"Origins of Sex" by Lynn Margulis

Origins of Sex Three Billion Years of Genetic Recombination Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan

Series:
Bio-Origins Series
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
10 Sep 1990
ISBN:
9780300046199
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
259 pages: 235 x 156mm

A fascinating and detailed examination of the evolution—and occasional devolution—of sexuality in microorganisms and more complex forms of life. Margulis and Sagan trace sex from its inauspicious beginnings in bacteria threatened by ultraviolet radiation to its intimate relation with the origin of mitotic division of nucleated cells. The origin of meiotic sex through cannibalism followed by centriole reproductive tardiness and the connection of cell symbiosis to sex and differentiation are explored.
“The authors have not only given us a new and exiting scenario for the evolution of sex, but have also provided us with critical ways in which we can test their hypotheses. . . . This is a stimulating book that is sure to invoke criticism and discussion; I strongly recommend it.”—Symbiosis
“The book is well organized and well written, leading the reader from one thought to another almost effortlessly. Background information is presented to aid those of us who are not experts in this field, and a glossary is appended. The book could be used at all levels of study, from interested undergraduates in general biology though postdoctoral students of genetics and evolution. I recommend this thought-provoking book to you for both your enjoyment and your enlightenment.”—Richard W. Cheney, Jr., Journal of College Science Teaching
“This book, undoubtedly controversial, is a thoughtful and original contribution to an important aspect of cellular biology.”—John Langridge

"A detailed uncovering of the origins of sex [this book] is interesting both for the ideas it expounds and because the authors seek to convey those ideas at the same time to their fellow-scientists and to the uninitiated."?Bob Marshall, The Bookseller          


"This deeply thought-provoking book explores the evolution of sexuality, beginning with microorganisms and advancing to more complex forms of life. . . . An impressive and important work."?Library Journal


"An engaging and informative challenge to the widely held belief that sexually reproducing species are genetically more diverse and thus have a selective advantage over asexual species in constantly changing environments."?Nathan Dubowsky, Science Books & Films


"The book is well-organized and well-written, leading the reader from one thought to another almost effortlessly. Background information is presented to aid those of us who are not experts in this field, and a glossary is appended. The book could be used at all levels of study, from interested undergraduates in general biology through postdoctoral students of genetics and evolution. I recommend this thought-provoking book to you for both your enjoyment and your enlightenment."?Richard W. Cheney, Jr., Journal of College Science Teaching


"An interesting attempt to untangle the fundamental problems posed by the origins of sex."?Rosa Beddington, Times Literary Supplement


"The authors have not only given us a new and exciting scenario for the evolution of sex, but have also provided us with critical ways in which we can test their hypotheses. . . . This is a stimulating book that is sure to invoke criticism and discussion; I strongly recommend it."?Symbiosis


"The book is well organized and well written, leading the reader from one thought to another almost effortlessly. Background information is presented to aid those of us who are not experts in this field, and a glossary is appended. The book could be used at all levels of study, from interested undergraduates in general biology through postdoctoral students of genetics and evolution. I recommend this thought-provoking book to you for both your enjoyment and your enlightenment."?Richard W. Cheney, Jr., Journal of College Science Teaching


"This book, undoubtedly controversial, is a thoughtful and original contribution to an important aspect of cellular biology."?John Langridge


Lynn Margulis was named one of the 50 most important women in science by Discover Magazine, 2002