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Kin Recognition in Protists and Other Microbes

Genetics, Evolution, Behavior and Health

Author(s): Guillermo Paz-y-Miño-C, Avelina Espinosa

Book Description

Kin Recognition in Protists and Other Microbes is the first volume dedicated entirely to the genetics, evolution and behavior of cells capable of discriminating and recognizing taxa (other species), clones (other cell lines) and kin (as per gradual genetic proximity). It covers the advent of microbial models in the field of kin recognition; the polymorphisms of green-beard genes in social amebas, yeast and soil bacteria; the potential that unicells have to learn phenotypic cues for recognition; the role of clonality and kinship in pathogenicity (dysentery, malaria, sleeping sickness and Chagas); the social and spatial structure of microbes and their biogeography; and the relevance of unicells’ cooperation, sociality and cheating for our understanding of the origins of multicellularity. Offering over 200 figures and diagrams, this work will appeal to a broad audience, including researchers in academia, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research undergraduates. Science writers and college educators will also find it informative and practical for teaching.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0764-7
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0764-5
Date of Publication: 01/04/2018
Pages / Size: 442 / A5
Price: £67.99


Guillermo Paz-y-Miño-C is co-Director of New England Science Public and an evolutionary biologist. He is the author of 150 publications, including Measuring the Evolution Controversy and Evolution Stands Faith Up: Reflections on Evolutions’ Wars.

Avelina Espinosa is a Professor of Biology and Coordinator of Biotechnology Programs at Roger Williams University, USA. She is a molecular microbiologist and the author of 40 publications, including co-authorship of Measuring the Evolution Controversy.