The Tangled Tree

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and ...

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 1476776628

Category: Science

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Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life’s history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field—the study of life’s diversity and relatedness at the molecular level—is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection—a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen, “one of that rare breed of science journalists who blends exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling” (Nature), chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them—such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about “mosaic” creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health. “Quammen is no ordinary writer. He is simply astonishing, one of that rare class of writer gifted with verve, ingenuity, humor, guts, and great heart” (Elle). Now, in The Tangled Tree, he explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life—including where we humans fit upon it. Thanks to new technologies such as CRISPR, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition—through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. The Tangled Tree is a brilliant guide to our transformed understanding of evolution, of life’s history, and of our own human nature.

Darwin in der Stadt Die rasante Evolution der Tiere im Gro stadtdschungel

Echtzeitevolution: ein neuer Blick auf das geheime Leben der Städte Amseln sind größer, dicker und lauter als ihre Artgenossen draußen im Wald und haben jede Scheu vor Menschen, Hunden und Katzen verloren.

Author: Menno Schilthuizen

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 9783423434454

Category: Science

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Echtzeitevolution: ein neuer Blick auf das geheime Leben der Städte Amseln sind größer, dicker und lauter als ihre Artgenossen draußen im Wald und haben jede Scheu vor Menschen, Hunden und Katzen verloren. Regenwürmer kommen bestens zurecht in verdreckter Innenstadterde. Motten fliegen nicht mehr ins Licht. Gras gedeiht prächtig auf zinkdurchsetztem Boden. Und Kojoten warten an Ampeln. Tiere legen ererbte Verhaltensweisen ab. Man kann Evolution in Echtzeit beobachten, und das mitten in der Stadt. Das ist das große Wunder, das in diesem Buch gewürdigt wird.

The Tangled Tree

beyond Darwin, far beyond Bronn or anyone else, in drawing evolutionary trees. ... those nineteen diverge: suggesting three independent origins of life—one leading 3P_Quammen_TangledTree_CV_KB.indd 178 4/12/19 2:18 PM 178 THE TANGLED TREE.

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781476776637

Category: Science

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In this New York Times bestseller and longlist nominee for the National Book Award, “our greatest living chronicler of the natural world” (The New York Times), David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology affect our understanding of evolution and life’s history. In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field—the study of life’s diversity and relatedness at the molecular level—is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important; we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived sideways by viral infection—a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree, “the grandest tale in biology….David Quammen presents the science—and the scientists involved—with patience, candor, and flair” (Nature). We learn about the major players, such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about “mosaic” creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health. “David Quammen proves to be an immensely well-informed guide to a complex story” (The Wall Street Journal). In The Tangled Tree, he explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life—including where we humans fit upon it. Thanks to new technologies, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition—through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. “The Tangled Tree is a source of wonder….Quammen has written a deep and daring intellectual adventure” (The Boston Globe).

Summary Analysis of The Tangled Tree

David Quammen's The Tangled Tree opens with a musing on the possibility of life on other planets. While many believe it is possible, and even probable, as far as we know, we are still the only ones here. The question follows naturally ...

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. If you'd like to purchase the original book, please paste this link in your browser: https://amzn.to/2NnyOvS The Tangled Tree is David Quammen's detailed, fascinating, and artful look into the history of evolutionary biology and the brilliant minds behind it, as well as the answers to those eternal questions: who are we and where did we come from? What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include? Synopsis of the original bookDetailed history of evolutionary biology from Darwin to todayA guide to the science of geneticsKey scientific milestones of the past 200 yearsDetailed stories from Quammen's extensive researchAn in-depth editorial reviewBackground on the author About the Original Book: The Tangled Tree is so much more than a book about evolution. Quammen covers every facet of this incredible story from the personal history of Charles Darwin to the technological hurdles facing scientists today. Understand the development of our human knowledge over time, how we built upon Darwinian evolution, and what questions are left to answer next. The writing is artful and compelling, and Quammen makes the complicated genetic science easy to understand. If you have ever wondered where humans came from or how we study and learn about our ancient past, this book is a must-read. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. Please follow this link: https://amzn.to/2NnyOvS to purchase a copy of the original book. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Summary of the Tangled Tree

The Tangled Tree (2018) provides curious readers with a vital recap of the many scientific twists and turns that have taken place in our understanding of evolution since the days of Charles Darwin.

Author: Dennis Braun

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1790972426

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The Tangled Tree (2018) provides curious readers with a vital recap of the many scientific twists and turns that have taken place in our understanding of evolution since the days of Charles Darwin. Author David Quammen's lucid explanations will bring you up to speed on all we know and don't know about how life developed on planet Earth.

The Swedenborg Concordance

On the entrance ( of man into the World of thickets of trees , ' and ' of the forest . ' Spirits ) . 4552 " . " Under a tangled oak ... Scientifics from sensuous things are the tangled E. 7984. ... The branch of a dense or tangled tree ...

Author: Emanuel Swedenborg

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The Fern World

The bottom of the glen is here broadened , but the Lyn is almost entirely concealed from view by trees which overshadow its banks , for through the dense and glorious mass of green formed by the tangled tree tops we can see only the ...

Author: Francis George Heath

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ISBN: IOWA:31858016320362

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The Irish Monthly

The forest in question is only a wood , for dreamily before the young poet's eye flitted the trees that slope down ... While its gurgling song Was half - choked by the tangled tree - roots rude : And these were the things that I saw in ...

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The Tourist s Guide Through the Empire State

Among the works of his pencil his “ Lake with Dead Trees , " and " Falls of the Cauterskill , " have greatly contributed to ensure his ... and in the luxuriance of foliage , for the tangled tree - roots hold the soil together .

Author: S. S. Colt

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ISBN: PRNC:32101072316886

Category: New York (State)

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