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Associations, mergers and acquisitions in the biological world

Maheshwari, Ramesh (2007) Associations, mergers and acquisitions in the biological world. In: Current Science, 92 (7). pp. 900-905.

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According to a bold and imaginative theory, cells of all plants, animals and fungi are a combination of two or more totally different microbial genomes. This theory has now been extended to understand evolutionary processes in eukaryotes: that is, speciation in eukaryotes has occurred (and continues) not only by accumulation of random mutations, but also by repeated physical merging of microbial cells in some specific order, and acquisition of different microbial genomes. The genomic sequence of organisms have provided evidence of alliances, mergers and acquisition of genomes between different individual species to form new species. This theory challenges biologists to recreate a eukaryotic cell in the laboratory from forced mergers of earliest extant microbes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science
Publisher: Current Science Association
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Bacteria;eukaryotic cell;horizontal gene transfer;protists; symbiosis.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008 07:06
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/16859

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