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By Roberto Kolter, Stanley Maloy

Explore the basic function of microbes within the normal heritage of our planet…

  • Inspired by means of a 2009 colloquium on microbial evolution convened on the Galapagos Islands, Microbes and Evolution maintains to rejoice Charles Darwin and his landmark e-book at the starting place of Species.
  • Features forty first-person essays written by way of microbiologists with a keenness for evolutionary biology, whose considering and profession paths in technological know-how have been inspired through Darwin’s seminal work.
  • Includes own viewpoints at the significance of evolutionary ideas within the learn of a number of points of existence technology, from taxonomy, speciation, model, social constitution, and symbiosis to antibiotic resistance, genetics, and genomics.

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2006. ” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 103:12115–12120. Woese CR, Fox GE. 1977. Phylogenetic structure of the prokaryotic domain: the primary kingdoms. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 74:5088–5090. Microbes and Evolution: The World That Darwin Never Saw Edited by R. Kolter and S. ch5 5 The View from Below Margaret Riley and Robert Dorit It’s not easy being small. Having to spend a lifetime out of sight and out of mind, blending into the soil and the water, hitching around on large organisms. But this unassuming world of the small is, in effect, what makes life on our planet possible.

D. ethenogenes is a strictly anaerobic bacterium that can derive all its energy from the reduction of vinyl chloride to ethene. The smallest photosynthetic cells, represented by Prochlorococcus marinus, have slightly larger genomes (1,660 kb and 1,765 genes). The hyperthermophilic bacterium Aquifex aeolicus (1,613 genes), a chemolithoautotroph, can grow on a very simple chemical menu of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and mineral salts. Among archaean prokaryotes, I. hospitalis is another chemolithoautotroph that couples CO2 fixation with sulfur respiration using molecular hydrogen in high-temperature hydrothermal vents.

Thus, cells and reduced genomes of endosymbionts, parasites, and free-living organisms are examples of naturally evolved minimal gene sets. Given that small genomes retain the basic functions to sustain a cell, comparative analysis of their diverse biology may shed light on the properties of a hypothetical minimal cell. The definition of a minimal cell is context dependent. We must make a distinction between minimal cells growing in chemically complex environments (heterotrophic) and those demanding only minimal components from their environment (autotrophic) to construct their molecules.

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