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Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 571–589 | Cite as

Molecular organisms

John Archibald, One Plus One Equals One: Symbiosis and the Origin of Complex Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
  • Maureen A. O’Malley
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Abstract

Protistology, and evolutionary protistology in particular, is experiencing a golden research era. It is an extended one that can be dated back to the 1970s, which is when the molecular rebirth of microbial phylogeny began in earnest. John Archibald, a professor of evolutionary microbiology at Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada), focuses on the beautiful story of endosymbiosis in his book, John Archibald, One Plus One Equals One: Symbiosis and the Origin of Complex Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). However, this historical narrative could be treated as synecdochal of how the molecular revolution has changed evolutionary biology forever, and that is how Archibald has structured his book. I will address the encompassing theme of molecular methods in detail, but also pay careful attention to the endosymbiosis thread in its own right.

Keywords

Endosymbiosis Eukaryote evolution Molecular evolution Organelle evolution 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Many thanks to Peter Godfrey-Smith and Susan Spath for comments on an earlier draft.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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